tv BOS Full Board of Supervisors SFGTV May 24, 2022 2:00pm-8:01pm PDT
>> president walton: good afternoon and welcome to the may 24, 2022 regular meeting of the board of supervisors. madame clerk, will you please call the roll? >> supervisor chan: present. >> supervisor dorsey: present. >> supervisor mandelman: present. >> supervisor mar: present. melgar not present. >> supervisor peskin: present. >> supervisor preston: present. >> supervisor ronen: present. >> supervisor safai: present. stefani not present. >> president walton: present. >> you have a quorum. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. the san francisco board of
supervisors acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the ramaytush ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. as the indigenous stewards of this land, and in accordance with their traditions, the ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. colleagues, please stand with me to recite the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, under
god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. on behalf of the board of supervisors, i would like to acknowledge the staff at sfgovtv. today, we have jason gold hammer, who records each of our meetings and makes the transcripts available to the public online. madame clerk, do we have any communication? >> clerk: this communication welcomes the general public to join us in person here in the board's legislative chamber within city hall room 250 to listen to the proceedings and to advise the board in person. additionally, this meeting is airing live on the award winning cable cast 26, or you're able to view the computer live stream of the meeting. you may also participate remotely by utilizing the remote call in system.
the board will prioritize public comment from those who attend in person. thereafter, the board will hear from those who called into the remote system. please note that the remote system will only be open at one time this afternoon. once the remote callers in the queue have been heard from, the remote system will be closed and it is not expected to be reopened again once we close it. if you choose to use the remote system, best practice to call in early from a quiet location. make sure your television or computer is turned down then the board will be able to hear your comments. throughout the meeting, the telephone number is streaming on your screen. it is 1-415-655-0001. when you hear the prompt, listen carefully, you'll enter the meeting i.d. which is 2494 596 2194 # #. you'll know you have joined the
meeting when you hear the discussion, however, your line will be muted. once you're ready to provide comment, that's when you should press star 3 to put yourself into the speaker's queue. the system will prompt you. listen for "you have been unmuted" and begin speaking your comments. it begins with item 22. this will not be called any earlier than the 3:00 p.m. special order. this is the public hearing for the update on the findings and recommendations regarding law enforcement practices. the president may entertain a motion to continue this matter to july 12, 2022. if that occurs, then we will call the item and take public comment on the continuance and then at the july 12th public hearing the board will hear merits on the findings and recommendations of the law enforcement practices. items 23 and 24 will not be called any earlier than 4:00
p.m. this is a public hearing on the report of assessment costs, blighted properties for public works. and thereafter, 25 and 26, the report of delinquent recovers for unauthorized releases of hazardous materials. finally the board will hear general public comment once item 39 is called, where you may be able to speak to the minutes, items 40 through 54. these are the items for consideration on the adoption without committee reference calendar. and other general matters that are not on today's agenda, but within the jurisdiction of the board. all other agenda content will have been reported out to the board by an appropriate committee where the public comment requirement has been fulfilled. the board will receive your correspondence if you use the address, the board of supervisors, number 1, carlton b goodlett place here in city
hall, room 244, san francisco, california, 94102. or you're able to send your comments in an e-mail using the e-mail address. in a great partnership with the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs, we will have interpreters present at the 3:00 p.m. order. i'll ask them to introduce themselves. if you're experiencing trouble accessing this meeting remotely, contact the clerk's office. we have someone there who can assist you. thank you, members. thank you, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. before we get started a friendly reminder, please mute your microphone when you're not speaking. today we're approving the meeting minutes from april 19, 2022 regular board meeting.
i don't see anyone on the roster for any changes. i entertain a motion to approve made by -- supervisor preston, seconded by supervisor mandelman. madame clerk on the motion to approve the minutes from april 19, 2022. >> clerk: on the minutes as presented, supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> supervisor melgar: aye. >> supervisor peskin: aye. >> supervisor preston: aye. >> supervisor ronen: aye. >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor stefani: aye. >> supervisor walton: aye. >> supervisor chan: aye. >> supervisor dorsey: aye. there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection the minutes will be approved after public comment as presented. madame clerk, let's go to our
regular agenda, item number 1. >> item 1 is ordinance to retroactive authorize the office of the district attorney to accept and expend a $1.35 million grant from the state community corrections to fund the resentencing pilot program and to amend the annual salary ordinance for two fiscal years. to provide for the addition of two grant funded positions, an attorney and legal assistant in the office of the district attorney term through september 1, 2024. >> president walton: thank you so much. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we'll take this item same house, same call. without objection, this ordinance is finally passed unanimously. madame clerk, please call item number 2. item 2 is an ordinance to retroactive authorize the department of emergency management as fiscal act for the
bay area urban area security initiative to accept and expend a $61,000 increase in fiscal year 2021 for targeted violence and terrorism prevention, for a new amount of approximately $1.1 million from the united states department of homeland security term through september 30, 2023. and to amend the annual salary ordinance for two fiscal years, 2021-2023 to provide for the addition of one grant funded 0932 manager iv position in the department of emergency management. >> president walton: thank you. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we'll take this item same house, same call. without objection, this ordinance is finally passed unanimously. >> item 3 is order philanthropies to de-- appropriate 90,000 and to
re-appropriate 90,000 to d.p.h. for people experiencing homelessness in district 5 in fiscal year 2021-2022. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. please call the roll on item number 3. >> clerk: on item 3, supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> supervisor melgar: aye. >> supervisor peskin: aye. >> supervisor preston: aye. >> supervisor ronen: aye. >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor stefani: aye. >> supervisor walton: aye. >> supervisor chan: aye. >> supervisor dorsey: aye. there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this
ordinance is finally passed unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 4. >> item 4 is ordinance to amend the planning code to designate 2868 mission street, the mission crueltile center for latino arts as a landmark under article 10 of the planning code and to affirm the ceqa determination and make the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you so much. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we will take this item same house, same call and without objection this ordinance is passed unanimously. madame clerk, please call item number 5. >> item 5 is ordinance to amend the administrative code to require public works to provide the new department of sanitation and streets with administrative support and to amend the campaign and governmental conduct code to require public works commissioners, sanitation and street commissioners and the director of sanitation and streets to file a form 700. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk.
please call the roll on item 5. >> supervisor mandelman: aye. >> supervisor melgar: aye. >> supervisor peskin: aye. >> supervisor preston: aye. >> supervisor ronen: aye. >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor stefani: aye. >> supervisor walton: aye. >> supervisor chan: aye. >> supervisor dorsey: aye. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection this ordinance is finally passed unanimously. madame clerk, please call items number 6 and 7 together. >> item 6 and 7 called together comprise two retroactive resolutions that accept and expend grants for the d.p.h. department of public health. $1.3 million grant to the health
resources to participate in a program for children and youth with special health care needs. and item 7, this is a retroactive authorization for a $500,000 grant to participate in a program with the aim of implementing overdose prevention strategies at the local level through july 31, 2023. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we will take these items same house, same call and without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call items 8 and 9 together. >> item 8 and 9 comprise two retroactive resolutions that accept and expend grants for the r.p.d. or the recreation and park department. item 8 retroactive authorizes a $4.8 million state grant for the
buchanan mall. and item 9 authorizes the r.p.d. to accept and expend for the india basin project and approve the grant contract for the term of june 30, 2026. for both resolutions, the r.p.d. to enter into amendments or modifications to the grant contract and to execute further agreements that do not materially increase the obligations or the liabilities of the city necessary for the purposes of the project or resolution. >> president walton: without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. please caul 10 and 11 together. >> item 10 and 11 called together comprise two resolutions that approve contract amendments with d.p.h.,
or the department of public health. the rejeents of the university of california and the department of public health with an please $63.7 million increase of total amount of $86.5 million, five-year term extension and new agreement. item 11 approves the first amendment to the agreement with baker places, incorporated to provide mental health residential and substance use disorder supervisors, to increase the -- services, to increase the agreement for a new amount of approximately $120.7 million, to extend the term by five years and for both resolutions to delegate authority to d.p.h. to enter into amendments or modifications to the contract. prior to final execution by all
parties that do not increase the obligations to effectuate the purpose of the contract or the resolution. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. don't see anyone on the roster, we'll take these same house, same call. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 12. >> item 12 resolution to approve for the purposes of the internal revenue code of 1986 as amended, section 147 subsection f of the issuance and sale of revenue obligations by the california enterprise development authority in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $8.5 million to refinance the acquisition, construction, installation, rehabilitation, equipping and furnishing of educational and related facilities to be owned and operated by the brand aye school of san francisco, a
non-profit public benefit corporation. >> president walton: thank you so much. i don't see anyone on the roster, same house, same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. before you go to item 13, supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: i rise on a moment of personal privilege. wanted to ask your consideration -- we've all just found out there is a mass shooting in elementary school children -- 14 children have been killed. one teacher has been killed in texas. this is a developing story. i just wanted to ask if we could take at least a moment for a moment of silence for these families and just take a pause for a moment. many of us in this chamber are distraught at this moment and wanted to ask if we could pause and at least have a moment of silence. just for the record, this is no way to elevate, to ignore or to differentiate from any of the mass shootings that have happened recently. it just so happens this happened
the moment this meeting started, so i'm asking for your consideration if we can at least take a moment of silence and acknowledge the children killed, a teacher killed and i don't know if people are so moved to say something for a moment or two, but if you would consider that. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor safai. we most definitely will take a moment of silence for the families that are affected, for all of the victims, for the entire school community and obviously these incidents keep happening in this country and obviously most of us know that we need to change gun laws and if we don't do that, this will continue to happen and most certainly we will now take a moment of silence for all of the families and victims in texas. [moment of silence observed] .
>> president walton: thank you, everyone. that's the least we can do at this moment. we'll continue to do what we can to change this dynamic. madame clerk, please call item 13. >> clerk: item 13 is a resolution to extend the lease term with 1170 market street for a building located at 1170 market street from june 30, 2022 through december 31, 2022. at a base rent of $75,000 per month for total amount of $450,000 for six months and authorize the director of property to execute documents and take certain actions in furtherance of this resolution, including amendments or
modifications to the lease that do not materially increase the obligations to the city. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. please call the roll on item 13. >> supervisor mandelman: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> supervisor melgar: aye. >> supervisor peskin: aye. >> supervisor preston: aye. >> supervisor ronen: aye. >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor stefani: aye. >> supervisor walton: aye. >> supervisor chan: aye. >> supervisor dorsey: aye. there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call items 14 and 15 together. >> 14 and 15 pertain to
multi-family housing revenue bond for the 600-7th street project, with 71 million being tax exempt and $18.9 million taxable. to provide financing to construct the 7th street project, a 221-unit affordable multi-family unit residential project, to approve and authorize documents, the form of and the terms such as the trust indenture, the regulatory agreement and declaration, the loan agreement to approve and authorize a light air maintenance and access easement, a commercial ground lease and to authorize the collection of certain fees to grant general authority to city officials to take actions necessary as defined herein. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. supervisor dorsey?
>> supervisor dorsey: thank you. would it be okay to be added as a co-sponsor to 14 and 15? >> clerk: noted. >> president walton: thank you. we'll take these items same house, same call. without objection, these resolutions are adapted unanimously. madame clerk please call item 16. >> clerk: item 16 is resolution to approve the second amendment to the grant agreement between five keys schools and programs and the h.s.h. to provide emergency shelter operations at next door shelter, to increase the grant amount by $22.7 million for a new amount of $32.4 million and term extension of 36 months for a new term through june 30, 2025 with five one-year options to extend and authorize the h.s.h. to enter into amendments or modifications
to the second amendment prior to its final execution that do not materially increase the obligations or liabilities of the city. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we'll take item 16 same house, same call. please call item 17. >> item 17 is resolution to approve a first amendment to the agreement between seneca family of agencies doing business as seneca center and the d.p.h., the department of public health, to provide mental health outpatient and specialized treatment services to increase the agreement by $16.5 million for a new amount of $57 million with a five and a half year term extension through december 21, 2027 and to delegate authority to amend or modify this contract prior to its final execution if
no material increase to the obligations or the liabilities to the city exist. >> supervisor ronen: colleagues, i just wanted to explain why the budget and finance committee sent this to the full board without recommendation. seneca used to provide services under the soar program, which is a program for students with mental health issues that arise to a pretty high level and they get that sort of one-on-one support and yet they were increasing the amount of the contract and so that didn't make sense to us. turns out that seneca is increasing the amount of services they provide through a mobile response team that serves all children in s.f. u.s. c. they do not need an iup. it's also important to the committee, just because seneca was no longer going to provide
services through the soar program, that those services continue to be provided to any student at any school that needs them. and this is the case. the two programs are from oaks and rams are still providing the services wherever they're needed. so i just want you to know, i feel comfortable supporting this item and will be doing so today and thanks to d.p.h. for all the follow-up information. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai, did you have something? >> supervisor safai: i'll add on quickly, we were very concerned about mental health services in school setting. there was a commitment made not only just the mobile site services, they can get, but additional funding to another organization within their contract universe. sfusd came to the meeting, answered a lot of our questions and we felt more confident in moving forward with that.
and so, i concur with the chair. she and i pressed them very hard and at the end of the day we're confident that there is additional and strong services for mental health. and if there's not, we have the ability to work with them to add additional services. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. is there someone here from the department? >> this is michele ruggels. >> president walton: thank you so much, michele. just for clarity, obviously this is something that is dear to us, making sure that our special education children have the services they need and i understand that during the pandemic seneca stopped providing service to the soar program through these resources. and where does that stand now? >> absolutely, seneca stopped --
they had one clinician and it stopped in fiscal year 18-19, so before, i believe, the pandemic. and those services were assumed by oaks and rams, so seneca just stopped providing a clinician to participate in the soar classrooms. >> president walton: and seneca made that decision on their own? and also if it stopped in 2018, how come the description talks about them switching programming moving forward and not already having eliminated program? we found that out later, but that's not how it was written in the description, so i'm just curious as to, you know, what was taking place? >> i might defer to the b.l.a. to speak to that on the report, but i believe what the report was showing is that in the first original agreement that we brought before the board of
supervisors that was approved, there was the amount of $140,000 that was included and they were commenting that effective in this new amendment that was extending the contract now, currently, that that funding had stopped. so i believe it was just a comment, but if that didn't answer your question, i can defer to the colleague or a b.l.a. >> president walton: let me ask it differently. did the funding stop or did seneca -- >> i'm going to defer to my colleague who oversees the programming. >> president walton: thank you. are you there? >> are you muted? >> hi. no, i'm not. okay? >> president walton: good
afternoon. did you hear the question? >> yes, i did. now what happens is that seneca was providing the soar services and they had the soar money in their contract to provide those services. in 2018, they came to us and said that they were having difficulty providing services. they were having trouble staffing it. they didn't feel like, you know, it was a particularly good match. at that point we worked with them a little bit and then oaks came forward and said that they would be interested in picking up the services. so the money for that particular services would then get transferred over to oaks. that would be the share with the school district. the soar services are completely intact. they're being provided by rams and oaks. oaks does elementary school and middle school and ram does the high school. >> president walton: got it. thank you so much.
>> you're welcome. >> president walton: i don't see anyone else on the roster. so we can take this same house, same call. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madame clerk, let's go to our 2:30 p.m. special order. >> yes, our special order at 2:30 is the recognition of commendation for meritorious service to the city and county of san francisco. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. and today i will be presenting commendations for national emergency medical service week. and we will be honoring ems professionals and community members whose outstanding achievements and contributions exemplify exceptionalism and compassion to the medical services community, including the san francisco emergency medical service agency,
department of emergency management, fire department, private ambulance providers and the san francisco general public. after a two-year hiatus we're pleased to recognize the ems community in person. this year, we have a total of seven different awards and we're recognizing 12 individuals. these individuals here today and all their colleagues have an unwavering dedication and commitment to saving lives. especially the countless number of lives during the pandemic in-person without the action of being remote during this entire pandemic. first, we have christopher mendez, 2022 ems system dispatcher award recipient. on april 12, 2021, dispatcher mendez answered a call with a
frantic and distraught tone. pleading for immediate help for their unconscious loved one. despite the caller's emotional state, mendez recognized the sounds from the unconscious person as breathing and began to provide the caller with clear, direct and encouraging instructions to administer compressions. dispatcher mendez is commended for his incredible ability to recognize a serious medical emergency and provide clear instructions while remaining empathetic to the caller. i'm going to talk about each of them and bring everybody up and do one big round of applause and acknowledgement. jennifer. 2022 ems system field provider award recipient. jennifer is awarded for her sincere compassion and exceedingly warm hearted
approach to all of her clients. as a community paramedic with 16 years of experience, jennifer recognizes and advocates the needs of each frequent and marginalized client to ensure they feel heard and valued, often going out of her way to start client's kitchens to crafting valentine's day gifts to demonstrating a token of endearment. jennifer is commended for her human centered approach to ensure san francisco is a better place for residents. now, to our project friend awardies. dr. kathy lesaint, dr. juan montoya, dr. silverman, dr. mercer, ms. virginia chan and ms. teresa san. 22 ems system hospital provider award recipients.
dr. kathy lesaint, dr. montour, dr. silverman, dr. mercer, ms. virginia chan, ms. teresa as members of zuckerberg san francisco general hospital and project friend team are recognized for their dedication and contributions to improve community access to naloxone to treat an opioid overdose. in partnership with the san francisco emergency medical service agency and ems providers, project friend developed the local optional scope of practice protocol for naloxone distribution in the state of california. in 2019, san francisco became the first county statewide to allow emts and paramedics to distribute naloxone to patients
and bystanders alike, improving the chain of survival and opioid overdose response. next we have matthew ferris, 2022 first responder award recipient. off-duty firefighter paramedic, matthew ferris observed a ski collision while on vacation at a ski resort with his family. leaving his family behind, paramedic ferris sprang into action to access the skier that was unconscious and not breathing and instantly administered c.p.r. and life-saving procedures. while performing c.p.r., he immediately requested and coordinated a helicopter rescue to transfer the victim to a trauma center to effectively
treat the traumatic arrest. after paramedic ferris assisted the rescue team with life-saving measures, the victim regained their post and was air lifted to an area hospital. a few days later, the victim walked out of the hospital alive. paramedic ferris placed his own live and family in jeopardy to save and rescue a stranger who would have succumbed to their injuries on the mountain if it had not been for his quick instincts, leadership and professionalism. and if everyone who has received an award, could come and stand up. we would love to have all of you stand. larry par, 2022 community award recipient. on january 7, 2022, larry par attended a show at davis
symphony hall where he observed a 65-year-old man collapse. as a retired paramedic, larry quickly assessed the patient that had experienced a sudden cardiac arrest. with the assistance of another medical provider, larry initiated cpr and used an aed to help the patient regain post on scene. retired san francisco fire department paramedic par is recognized for his valiant efforts in identifying a sudden cardiac arrest victim and for quickly performing cpr. paramedic par serves as a model case for successful public cpr training, aed program and early acls and demonstrates how that
can result in life-saving outcomes. fred sahlen, 2022 raymond excellence and ems award recipient. san francisco fire department rescue captain frederick sahlen is awarded for his leadership and his shining example of integrity, hard work and passion for patient care. his commitment to training demonstrated professionalism and patient advocacy, reflects great credit upon had himself and the san francisco fire department. richard, 2022 mary mcgosse, leadership. richard is recognized for his integral role in emsa as a
representative of the public providing invaluable insight to improve the ems system. during the covid-19 pandemic, rich volunteered to assist the ems a medical director with mhosc functions in establishing alternative care sites and showing why equitable distribution, critical resources across the san francisco ems and health care facilities, including p.p.e. to long-term care facilities, critical medications and vaccine supply to high-volume sites, community sites and mobile teams. rich is an exemplary model of hard work, good humor, relationship building and community mindedness, raising the standard for all who
contribute to the ems air emergency response system. i want to take the time to personally thank all of you for your dedication and commitment to saving lives, not only here in san francisco, but obviously across the region and, of course, in general. thank you so much for your service. you all are worthy of this acknowledgement and these awards. and now i believe we do have representatives from the department of emergency management, the fire department, who want to say a few words to acknowledge these great service warriors. thank you so much. [applause] . >> thank you, supervisors. i just have worked very closely with the majority of these folks. they have been on the front
lines and behind the scenes for the last two and a half years. and i'm sure many of them for many years before that, but certainly during covid. not one of them got a break. it's such an honor to lead 911, to be the regulatory partner to ems, the agency that came to d.m. this year. i'd like to say came home, but they have endured unbelievable -- not only their own issues in having to go through covid as all of us as humans, but also to absorb the trauma that the public that they serve experiences also. they kind of have a double whammy. so proud of everyone. congratulations. [applause]
>> greetings and saltations, all, thank you, president walton, board of supervisors. i'm a lucky fire chief because i have people like this that work for the san francisco fire department. they go above and beyond. their hearts are in the right place. they want to do the right they can and they're really good people. i want to congratulate them all and thank them for their great work. [applause] >> president walton: thank you, director carroll and chief nicholson. i do want to take a picture in front with m.p. -- everyone. .
between the bayview hunters point for shelter operations and services at the bayview safe navigation center, to increase the grant agreement by $17 million for a new amount of $26.6 million and 36-month term extension and to delegate authority to amend or modify the first amendment if no increase or obligations to the liabilities of the city exist. >> president walton: thank you so much, madame clerk. would you call the roll for item 18. >> supervisor mandelman: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> supervisor melgar: aye. >> supervisor peskin: aye. >> supervisor preston: aye. >> supervisor ronen: aye. satisfy -- safai not present.
>> supervisor stefani: aye. >> supervisor walton: aye. >> supervisor chan: aye. >> supervisor dorsey: aye. there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 19. >> item 19 is ordinance to amend the administrative code to clarify that the date a property is withdrawn under the ellis act is based on the late et cetera date of any tenancy to increase the ellis act eviction relocation payments made, to return the entire property to the market with exceptions for certain owner occupied units and to clarify that the paying punitive damages does not extinguish an owner's obligation to reoffer the unit on rerental
rental. >> president walton: thank you. >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. just want to thank supervisor melgar and the committee and would like to add myself as a co-response. thank you. >> president walton: madame clerk, on item 19. >> supervisor mandelman: aye. >> supervisor mar: aye. >> supervisor melgar: aye. >> supervisor peskin: aye. >> supervisor preston: aye. >> supervisor ronen: aye. >> supervisor safai: aye. >> supervisor stefani: aye. >> supervisor walton: aye. >> supervisor chan: aye. >> supervisor dorsey: aye. >> there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madame clerk, can you call items
20 and 21 together? >> items 20 and 21 are two resolutions that determine that premise to premise and person to person transfer of two liquor licenses for item 20, type 48 on sale general public premises liquor license to blue ice entertainment doing business as raqqa pullco, located at 3140 mission street and that the department of alcoholic beverage control impose conditions on this license. item 21 is a beer, win and distilled spirits liquor license to bear eagle doing business as s.f. gift baskets, located in the 2 embarcadero center. will serve the public convenience. >> president walton: thank you.
i don't see anyone on the roster, so we'll take these items same house, same call. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, can we please go to item number 27 through 30. >> 27 through 30 were considered by the government audit and oversight committee at a regular meeting on thursday, may 19, 2022 and sent as committee reports. item 27 through 30 are four resolutions that approve contract amendments with the department of public health. item 27 approves the first amendment to the agreement with heat right 360 to represent substance use disorder and mental health outpatient services for contract agreement of $80 million to new amount of
$164.9 million, a three-year term extension through june 30, 2025. item 28 approves the first amendment to agreement with the felton institute to provide behavioral health services for children and families, to increase the agreement by $41 million for a new amount of $77.6 million and a five-year term extension through june 30, 2027. item 29 approves the amendment to the mental health plan. this is with the california department of health care services to update the terms and conditions to reflect changes that memorialize federal parity regulations. and item 30 is resolution agreement between addiction, research and treatment inc. doing at bart.
to increase the $63 million for a new amount of $98.2 million, a total agreement through june 30, 2027 with one-year option to extend. and for all four resolutions, to delegate authority to the d.p.h. to modify or amend these contracts prior to their final execution if there is no material increase in the obligations to the city. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. seeing no one on the roster, we'll take these items same house same call. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 31. >> item 31 -- i i should say item 31 and 32 were considered by the land use and transportation committee at a regular meeting on monday, may 23, 2022 and forwarded as
reports. item 31 is to change the street name of sonora lane. to vicha. and item 32 is a resolution to initiate amendment to the landmark designation of the castro theater. >> president walton: thank you so much. i don't see anyone on the roster. we'll take these items same house, same call. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously -- hold on, one second, my apoloapologies. >> supervisor dorsey: can i be added as a co-sponsor?
>> noted. >> president walton: we'll take the item same house, same call and without objection, these are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call item 33. >> item 33 through 37 were considered by the rules committee at a regular meeting on monday. for item 33, this is ordinance to amend the administrative code to extend the expiration date of the shelter monitoring committee. >> president walton: thank you. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we will take item 33 same house, same call. without objection this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madame clerk, can you call items 34 and 36 together? as item 35 was continued in committee. >> yes.
items 34 and 36 comprise two motions regarding appointments to the public works commission with amended titles. item 34 approves the appointment of fadi and item 36 approves the appointment of lauren post, terms ending july 2, 2024 to the commission. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. i don't see anyone on the roster, so we'll take these items same house, same call. without objection these motions are approved unanimously. madame clerk, please call item number 37. >> item 37 is a motion to approve the city controller's ben rosenfield's nomination for the appointment of christopher simi to the sanitation and streets commission for a term ending july 1, 2026. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no one on the roster, we'll take this item same house,
same call. and without action, this motion is approved unanimously. madame clerk let's go to our first roll call. >> first up to introduce new business is supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: submit. >> thank you. supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you. colleagues, i have two items today. first, introducing an ordinance to support our veteran communities' access to affordable housing. this legislation creates a new priority for veterans to qualify for existing affordable housing preferences under our administrative code. and i want to thank supervisor stefani and melgar for your co-sponsorership. there are 24,000 veterans in our city, all who have made sacrifices to serve our community, city, state and country and such sacrifices make veterans deserving of
-- very popular deal in american sign language. in addition, these classes provide an alternative to ap courses for earning college credit in high school. that appealed to a more diverse populations with classes offering to meet graduation requirements at public universities. so, colleagues, this reaffirms the support for the college and career readiness programs, including the early college summer 2022 program and the dual enrollment program for the next academic year. and the resolution supports funding to deliver a robust program from eligible services to cover city college classes and student support. among those amounts as excess reserves in the reserve funds that are stipulated to be returned to the general fund when the reserve cap is
exceeded. and -- as well as other sources deemed appropriate for funding pre-college initiatives for sfsud high school students. finally, the resolution affirms that the board of supervisors joins the mayor's office in supporting these vital programs for san francisco's youth to provide real-world opportunities, access to higher education and connection to academic material and social/emotional supports for their transition to adulthood. thank you, and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor mar. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. can you please call our 3:00 special item 22. >> clerk: yes. item 22 is the special order of 3:00 p.m. this is a public hearing of the board of supervisors to hear and receive updates on the progress and the implementation status of the united states department of justice recommendations regarding reforms within the police department. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i would like to make a motion to continue this
hearing to the july 12th, 2022, board meeting. is there a second? seconded by supervisor ronen. and before we take the roll on the motion, madam clerk, can you call public comment, please. >> clerk: yes, at this time the board of supervisors welcomes your testimony on the continuance of item 22 to july 12, 2022. this is the update on the findings and the recommendations regarding law enforcement practices. the board will prioritize those of you who are here in the chamber this afternoon with us. and then we'll switch to the remote call-in system. we do have interpreters with us this afternoon. i will ask our partners from the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs to introduce themselves and the instruction and language on how to connect to the remote system for filipino we have raymond borez, and spanish, and chinese agnes
with us this afternoon. i provide this in english to provide your testimony remotely you must be connected by dialing the telephone number streaming on your television or computer screen, 1-(415)-655-0001. when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d., 2494-596-2194 press the pound symbol twice and you would have joined the meeting. you will hear the discussion but your line will be muted and you're be in the listening queue. to get into the speaker's queue you should press star, 3, and the system will indicate that you have raised your hand. please continue to wait and listen carefully when the system indicates that you have been unmuted and just begin speaking your comments. all right, for those in the room and you would like to provide testimony on this matter, please join us by lining up on the right-hand side of the room. and if i don't see anyone jumping up to speak, i will assume that there's no one who wants to speak on this matter who was here in person. let's go to the remote system i think that we have arthur ku on
the remote system. checking to see if we have any callers? welcome, caller, we're sitting the timer for two minutes. welcome, caller. all right. >> caller: hi, this is corey berry. i am with the democratic party, for identification purposes only and i live in district 10. i'm saddened that this matter is being continued, it's such an important matter, however, i wouldn't have known about it before today. so at least now i know when it will be. i just want to express the urgency. just recently two people were shot by the san francisco p.d. last week allegedly. and reform is still obviously needed, especially since one of the people were a victim.
also i think that this matter is urgent because we finally have a district attorney that will hold police accountable and i know that accountability is one of the biggest ways to influence reform. and other than that, please prepare for this hearing as much as possible. please let it be a one where they have to answer the questions, especially the p.d., what are they doing and what is the lag in reform, and also consider appointing reformers to the police commission that want to get some work done. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right, let's hear from our caller on the remote system. welcome, caller. >> caller: i would like to you consider how we measure potential sfpd work stoppages.
which we're hearing more and more about. and also i believe that we should have a metric which allows taxpayers to understand police equality. low payment rates are just the beginning of measuring police quality and accountability. thank you so much. >> clerk: thank you for your communities. mr. ku, do we have any other callers in the queue, please? >> madam clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: okay, thank you. i just will take one more pass. anyone in the room who would like to address the board on this matter? seeing no one jumping up, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk and seeing no other speakers, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, call the roll on the motion to continue this item to our july 12th, 2022, meeting made by me and seconded by supervisor ronen. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 22 to july 12th,
2022 [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection the motion to continue item 22 is approved unanimously. madam clerk, let's go back to roll call for introductions, please. >> clerk: supervisor melgar, you are up next to introduce new business. >> supervisor melgar: i want to address a pressing matter that came to light on friday which now seems kind of resolved but still warrants discussion.
with summer program literally weeks away, youth program providers were asked to reduce their summer program budget on friday which would have put 10,000 slots on the line for the most low-income students and their families in our city. moreover, a thousand young people and young adults were at risk of losing summer job opportunities and stipends that they rely on, not just for training and professional development, but to support themselves and their families as these are also low-income youth i do believe that the confusion is an unintended consequence of the behest of the payment legislation that this body unanimously passed in december 2021. it was unclear whether the funding source for summer together was valid because of the not so well defined rules and the behested payment ordinance it. would be irresponsible though to say that this was political posturing or manipulation or a lack of prudence or too much prudence by department heads. regardless of what we think
about the legislation our own city attorney's office admits that the definition in this legislation is unclear. we can't boil this down to just about how grants are exempted, because otherwise it would have been clear at face-value that this program would not have been impacted. the required the city attorney's team to spend the last 24 hours poring over documents to evaluate just one source of funding to establish whether or not they were considered an interested party. it is unrealistic to expect that our city's attorney office will do this for every occasion. as a former executive director of a youth organization that serves high-risk populations who depend on summer programs to deter summer learning laws, potentially losing funding is beyond detrimental for the organization and for the communities that are served. i know firsthand how critical these services are to low-income families, kids, youth, and how
arduously community-based organizations work. without receiving the true costs of doing business to ensure that critical resources offered through summer program are available to as many as possible. to continuously experience volatility and insecurity and funding that supports vital programs and resources is traumatic for the service providers and the communities they serve. ultimately it is our responsibility as legislators to ensure that we're putting forward measures that promote good governance and oversight, but not at the expense of putting the communities experiencing already traumatic experiences and due to everything that we have been fighting against the pandemic and racial and gender injustice and a loss of job and educational students, etc., on the line. we need to do better by the communities that need us the most. it is urgent that we take this opportunity to learn and to fix the language in our legislation to ensure that unintended
consequences are not suffered by most in need and does not result in funding loss of vital community services and programs i understand that supervisor safai is working on amendments to this and i look forward to the collaboration and to getting this right. i am also submitting an in memoriam in asking that we close the meeting in memory of lonnie lawson jr. lonnie was my neighbor, he was an activist and a president emeritus of the neighborhood association. lonnie was born in alabama on june 5th, 1936 to lonnie hammer lawson sr, and lonnie served in the u.s. army, worked as a civil engineer, and worked with the hatch hache water and power and he served in the open
space advisory committee, and the market street trolley overhead reconstruction. additionally, he was one of the founders of the refurbishment of burks park in district 11, and several low-income housing communities. lonnie was a true believer that anyone can be a catalyst for change. so when spaces in the ocean engel side neighborhood were being neglected he decided to form parts to advocate for the building of picnic facilities. it was an ongoing fight but lonnie was a steadfast warrior and to this day we have a park that has a community vegetable garden and flowers for all to enjoy because of his efforts. friends and neighbors adored lone and his booming voice. at the ingleside annual picnic, lonnie was often seen in a chef's apron at the grill serving up for the young and old alike, even vegetarian. there is an historic mural on ocean avenue on the side of the
pg&e substation where you will see lone and his beloved wife arlene depicted at the top of the cable car. the mural was created in 1999 by michael minenta and royce vaughn and honoring them. and lonnie is a father to lonnie lawson the iii, and susan lawson. and we are grateful for the hundreds of hours and many, many years lonnie dedicated to his neighborhood and to san francisco. we share our deepest condolences with his loved ones and friends thank you and the rest i submit >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you, colleagues. today two charter amendments that i'm introducing. first i'm introducing the voter participation act, a charter
amendment to maximize voter participation in choosing representatives for all local offices by moving odd year elections to even years. my thanks to supervisor peskin for his early co-sponsorship. over the past decade, even year elections have achieved significantly higher voter turnout than their odd year counterparts. sometimes doubling the number of voters casting their ballots. under the proposed measure the mayor, sheriff, district attorney, city attorney and treasurer all currently elected in odd years would be elected during even years, joining all other local elected officials with even-year elections. the measure would not change the timing for any other elections in san francisco. colleagues, this is an issue of voter participation and it's fundamental to our democracy. it is good for our local democracy when we are choosing
public officials in high turnout elections. and i want folks to consider, for example, just looking more concretely at the difference in turnout in the november 2019 versus presidential election a year later and it was 41% of turnout of voter, and it was 86% a year later in november 2020. that's more than double the participation and i respectfully suggest that is when we should choose elected representatives in these high turnout elections so this helps not just the overall voter turnout but particularly help to maximize participation among lower-income voters who faced practical barriers to participation but turnout in significantly greater numbers for even-year elections when president, governor, members of congress and supervisor races are already on
the ballot. this is something that voting rights groups have for years urged that even-year elections are preferable and correspond with higher voter turnout. the green lining institute noted in a published case study that they looked at that, quote, holding local elections in odd years greatly reduces voter turnout and almost certainly skews the makeup of the electorate. specifically, its analysis found that, quote, low turnout elections tend to be older, whiter and more affluent. san francisco should lead by example amid the anti-democratic attempts at voter suppression around the nation right now. the status quo with low turnout odd-year elections functionally excludes the vast majority of our most vulnerable residents from making their voices heard in important local races. i note that a similar charter amendment for those who follow
los angeles politics, this was amendment 1 in los angeles back in 2015, it passed with 77% of the vote to change from odd year to even-year elections. and the results are in, it's dramatically increased voter turnout and participation there in elections for local offices. i hope that our effort in san francisco will draw similar widespread support. i think that whatever your politics are, whoever your preferred candidates are, i hope that we can all come together and agree that our democracy is stronger when more voters participate in electing local officials and that really is the heart of this proposed charter amendment. and, lastly, i should note that in addition to the benefits of increasing participation, that you know, this measure will also give san francisco voters some breathing room in between elections and ultimately will save the city quite a bit of
money. with five separate elections in 2021 and 2022 alone, my sense is that voters are exhausted and taxpayers have already paid nearly $30 million in election costs for these elections with more to come as we head into elections later this year. second charter amendment, i am introducing will bring sunshine on affordable housing by creating a commission over the housing and community development department, a successor agency proposed to the mayor's office of housing and community development. we held a hearing last week at the government audit and oversight committee on affordable housing affordable gaps in our city and found that san francisco has produced less than half -- 48% of our targeted goals for affordable housing. and what's more, starting in
2023, the city's affordable housing targets increased dramatically as do the corresponding funding gaps which grow to $1.3 billion annually in 2023, and goes up from there and ending with the final year of this cycle of 2029, a $2.4 billion funding gap for that year alone. what the hearing revealed is that our city's housing department has no plan or proposal to address that gap. and it bears repeating that the city's primary housing department has no plan or proposal to address the affordable housing gap. and the department lacks even the most basic information about available funds and the current funding shortfall. at this point, colleagues, barring an intervention, we are on a road to nowhere when it comes to affordable housing.
on a path to failing at increasing rates on our production of affordable housing in this city. to make matters even worse with no current oversight the mayor's office of housing continues to obstruct social housing approaches supported by voters to reach our city's affordable housing goals. remarkably, the mayor's office has yet to construct, acquire or commit to a single unit under the program, despite the board allocating $74 million to jump-start efforts last year. and the voters giving a clear mandate for social housing. it is beyond clear that this city department tasked with delivering on what we all agree is a major priority for the city, needs oversight, and needs accountability. and that's exactly what this measure will provide. a seven-member body to oversee our affordable housing
department in san francisco. this is a tremendous opportunity to help our city create more affordable units faster and ensure that the public knows how and why crucial decisions around affordable housing are made. and if we're serious about hitting our affordable housing goals, we need a new approach in san francisco. and an actual plan and we need results. and that starts with the commission over the housing department to finally bring some sunshine and accountability to how we create affordable housing in our city. i want to thank my early co-sponsors, president walton, and supervisors ronen, and peskin. and thank you and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you, colleagues. today i'm introducing a charter amendment also for the november ballot called "the back on track student success fund." i want to thank all of the early co-sponsors of this measure,
supervisor preston and mar, safai, walton -- or president walton, and -- who am i missing -- myself, i think. that's it. so what this measure would do is it would create a $70 million set aside from eraf funding for the san francisco unified school district schools. the purpose of the fund is to address the achievement gap, both the learning loss that happened during covid and the persistent gap that has existed for decades between african-american, and the lower income students and their higher income peers as well as the social and emotional health of all sfsud students which has
been at a crisis stage since covid. the idea for this measure is that at the school-based level, that the school site council -- which includes parents, educators, and administrators and community members, would apply to a grant from dcyf to tailor interventions in their schools to best fit and serve their student population. what might make sense at one school and serving a high english language learner population might be very different than what makes sense at another school where most of the kids speak english. so we want tailor-made interventions, addressing students that are not at grade level which, unfortunately, is a
massive number of students in sfsud and those that are experiencing health challenges that were exacerbated during covid. the last couple things -- there's many thicks to say about this ballot measure but the two details that i think that are important are number one -- and supervisor safai mentioned this during the kickoff press conference today is that the inequality between schools across san francisco based on what ptas are able to fundraise is great, astonishing and unfair. so while one school might raise half a million dollars for a full-time nurse and extra school social workers, other schools don't have ptas because, quite frankly, their parents are so
overworked and they don't have time nor a way to raise money. when they are trying to put a meal on the table. this addresses the inequality within our school system. and the second thing is that this is an early investment that will so the payoff later on. the schools-to-jail pipeline is a real thing, not just a tag line and not just a saying. the kids that fail in elementary school are the ones that end up on a path that leads to jail or sometimes the chronic homelessness and the mental illness that we're seeing on the street. we need to intervene early and seriously with interventions that we know that work. they've worked in the past. but the problem has been is that there's never been a stable funding sources for these types of interventions. we've had this school
improvement grant program and we've had the school program and we had 21st century learning. guess what, they worked but then the funding was quite off right when they started to work because the bottom line is that we have have a chronically underfunded school system and since the late 1970s because of prop 13 that has been cut to the bone. and right now there's a serious structural deficit, so all of these assets and schools that seemed basic like a full-time nurse and those are a luxury that only the richest schools get and only the richest students get in our system. enough is enough. it is time for the city to put our money where our mouth is and we've got a new superintendent and we've got a new school board, all kids are fully enrolled, back in the classroom, full-time. this is the missing piece that will get our public school
system back on track. we are a world-class city, we are a rich city and if you looked at our school district you wouldn't know it. we are going to change that. we can change it, and we will. and i hope to gain the rest of your support for this measure during the legislative process and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you. (please stand by)
>> all we have to look to is how it was utilized to redirect staffing during our crisis of covid, because so many of the individuals that were on our front lines were library workers and that fund is how much of that was paid for. also, so much of the reservation, the services and what we would call some of the most world-class major libraries in any major city have been promoted and advanced through this library preservation fund. this renewal today that we're introducing, the voters will vote on in november, will ensure that the public library is funded for the next 25 years, supporting operations and capital needs across the city and county. as some of you might know, we've been working in district 11 to replace the smallest neighborhood library in the
entire city. ocean view branch and we have a vision to make that the largest neighborhood library. we've been going through an extensive community process. this fund will help to fund that, along with the rebuild of mission library, chinatown library and so many other branches across san francisco along with the upgrades and everyday operations and mandated hours of library services across the city are being expanded in this measure. i want to thank our city librarian for his hard work on this. their entire team, the mayor and every single one of you colleagues for signing on as a co-sponsor for this critical charter amendment. secondly, as some of you may know, i am the representative to the retirement fund, currently the president as the board's representative on that body. as many of you know and i'm hearing from your constituents on a daily basis, the cost of
living in san francisco, the cost of living in the bay area and the united states is rising on a daily basis. and we want to make sure that pensioners get the cost of living adjustments that they need to meet the rising costs. some of our most loyal members, many of them front-line health workers, among the oldest in the system, seniors, some who were veterans and some who are disabled, have been cut out and are prevented from receiving the supplemental cost adjustment. after listening to the group, protect our benefits and their hard work, organized labor, many of them public employees, many of you colleagues encouraging us to deal with this measure -- this issue that had been hanging in the balance for many years. we're submitting a charter
amendment today to fix this problem and i believe fix something that is unjust. these retirees actually had this benefit for 15 years. and it was taken away from them in charter reform in 2011. we cannot afford to pay for a retroactive payment, but what we can do is adjust the base pay. we will look at supplemental colas and adjust their pay going forward. specifically, i want to highlight we looked at this reform through an equity lens. the vast majority of these retirees are working poor. some of whom have fallen into poverty, making less than $50,000 a year on annual pension. that's almost 70% of this group, around 4400 members. for them, they get the full benefit of the adjustment going forward. for anyone over that amount, we give them adjustment, but we
still cap it around $200 a month. we felt that was a fair compromise given the cost of the system. it will cost going forward $5.9 million to the general fund. it will last about 10 years. and ultimately, we think that this is the right way to bring equity back to the system. i look forward to putting this on the ballot in november. i want to thank my early sponsors, supervisor melgar, supervisor walton, supervisor ronen, supervisor peskin and supervisor mar for your early co-sponsorship for this measure. and i wanted to end with a word or two on supervisor ronen, melgar's success measure. i just want to say as a parent that experienced a public school system here to look at the differences in how schools are supported by neighborhood, a system that is built in many ways for additional services, based on the fundraising capabilities of those schools.
two blocks from my house, guadalupe elementary school has less than $12,000 at their disposal to do anything. they don't even have enough money to pay for the mural installed in their school. yet on the other side of the town, multiple schools have half a million dollars because of the hard work their parents do. this is about bringing equity to our schools. let me be clear, it is about capturing money that was dedicated to an enrichment fund. that formula has not been adjusted for years, so what happens is we get the excess and it goes back into the general fund. and myself personally having experienced our public schools and seeing what they're going through right now, seeing them dying on the vine, it is not fair. we have made firm commitments in this chamber. previous members of the board, current members of the board had said we would dedicate a certain
percentage of this money going forward to public schools and that's what this measure is about. i want to thank the multiple community stakeholders, our beacons, our non-profits, that were fundamentally invested in ensuring that this would be a successful measure. i'm happy to be a co-sponsor of that. with that, the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madame clerk. colleagues, i just to acknowledge what happened today in texas and what also happened in buffalo and i remember my first three weeks as a supervisor here at the board of supervisors, the parkland high school shooting happened and we
read the names. we have yet to read the names of those slaughtered in a grocery store in buffalo. and that's roberta, age 32, margaret, 52. andray, 53, aaron 55, geraldine, catherine 72. pearl young 77. luis whitfield 86. when you look at what happened in the last 10 days in this country, buffalo, laguna woods church, chicago, and now an elementary school in texas, 58 humans dead or injured in heinous acts of totally preventable violence in the last 10 days. and there is so many more that are unnamed and unheard of and
not in the news, yet they happen in this country every single day. what does it say about us that we continue to allow our leadership to sit by at the federal level while children are slaughtered in their classrooms, our african-american communities are slaughtered as they are going shopping. the second amendment is not a suicide pact. and we can end this vicious cycle and be free of gun violence. we are failing entire generations through our inaction. i know we do a lot here in san francisco, but we have to demand a lot more is done at the federal level. now is the time to pass the laws that we know will prevent these unbelievable tragedies. we know that the people are on our side. we know that a majority of americans want background checks
on all gun sales. we know that the majority of americans believe in red flag laws. we know the majority of americans want an end to this. and yet the n.r.a., the politicians that they've bought and paid for, stand in the way and continue to fail this country, our children, and future generations. i cannot believe how many times i have read things at this board regarding gun violence. i've been shaken to my core once again. as supervisor melgar saw on her way here, as i was when i heard about the buffalo shooting. and i will not stay silent. i will not sit here and shake and be sad and be fearful. i will continue to push back and demand change.
and i know all of you will do that with me, because i know it is something that we all agree on. we have to demand better. to think that it can't happen in san francisco, you're absolutely wrong. it can happen here. we're only as safe as the weakest gun laws in the next state over as we saw in the gilroy garlic shooting. -- the festival shooting where a little boy was bouncing in a bounce house at 6 years old and was shot. it has to stop. anyway, i did not want to let this moment go by without saying something and acknowledging the horror once again of what has been inflicted upon this country, those parents that are finding out two days before school has ended that their kids won't be home. it just makes me sick. again, i want to thank all my
colleagues here and everyone for always demanding more and for always pushing more on this horrible, horrible issue that we continue to face. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor walton. >> president walton: thank you, madame clerk. and thank you for your words, supervisor stefani, and for your continued fight. i don't have anything to submit today, but i do want to say one -- i want to thank supervisor melgar just for bringing attention to the letter that was sent out last friday by the department of children and families. i do want to let everyone know that i've been w working closely with supervisor peskin and safai, not only on the interpretation and making sure that everybody has the right information about the payments, but also on changes that need to be made as we move forward and
make sure that we can provide opportunities for organizations and working community. i do have to say that instead of dcyf seeking the true legal opinion of the city attorney office, they decided to take the interpretation of an attorney that does not work in the city's attorney office. and the city attorney interprets what's legal and not legal here for us at the board of supervisors. and so to irresponsibly scare and traumatize organizations right before summer programming, comes out without proper interpretation from proper city attorneys is something that is traumatic for organizations and for our families. it's traumatic for people in community. and most certainly, nothing like that should ever have to go out unless we're 100% sure we've
done our due diligence and have received the right information from the right attorneys. that did not happen in this case. it's kind of like when, for example, serving on the board of education we always used to get faced with, do we send out these layoff letters to educators, or do we make sure we do everything we can to figure out what our fiscal outlook is before they show up with a letter that says you might be laid off. it's traumatic. it's traumatic when you're responsible for programming and to get a letter like that without proper vetting and proper analysis. i don't want anyone to think we're not working on this, we're not talking to organizations, but most certainly, i think it was premature and irresponsible to do that to our families and
organizations. and i really hope that in the future we garner all the facts before we take this route and these scare tactics and our community has to suffer. the most important thing we need to do as leadership is to look out for these very communities, to make sure our organizations have the opportunity to take care of families. so i brought this up during roll call because we are working on solutions. we are working on making sure the right information gets out to everyone. i want to say that publicly and during the meeting. the rest i submit. >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, madame clerk. first i want to say, thank you, supervisor stefani, for her comments and i along with all colleagues stand with you in this fight and we will continue. with that, i also want to concur
with president walton's comments on what happened over the weekend, really from last friday. it is disappointing to learn making statements to community organizations that impact our families and our kids without thorough investigation to really consult with our city attorney for interpretation that -- i find it disappointing. i find it irresponsible. i think we can do better as a city. so, thank you, supervisor melgar, for bringing that to our attention today in the chamber as well. colleagues, today i am introducing a charter amendment to accelerate the production of affordable housing. as immigrants, my family was able to thrive because of affordable housing policies in
this city. i came here when i was 13 years old. i think you know the story already. we came into san francisco's chinatown, one-bedroom apartment with my mother, brother and i. we lived there because also thanks to rent control, we were able to stay there and thrive. and then decades later, now i have my own family and thanks to my partner, who is also a firefighter in this city and with our family's support years ago we were able to own our own home in the richmond. but in the past years, colleagues, i think you all know that, too, that families like mine, immigrant and working families like mine were getting priced out in this place. it's all because we need to build more affordable housing. that is actually and truly affordable to meet the demands
of working families. i would say, colleagues from the west side, representing the west side agree we need to build affordable housing on the west side. so the act will accelerate the affordable housing project. this will help san francisco achieve its regional assessment goals by waiving ceqa and discretionary review for those that qualify. these projects, when we talk about affordable housing, they're truly affordable. they're affordable housing price at maximum of 120% of area median income. let me put that in plain language. 120% area median income means $160,000 for family of four and that is also roughly about $127,000 for a household of two. and that's probably like a good
two teacher salary. so that is what, you know, we say that is affordable. anything above that, let's think carefully what that means. i would say it is not affordable. this measure will incentivize -- let me say i learned that from supervisor maxwell, who was and still is my mentor when it comes to land use and housing policy that really for the communities of color, that really just thinking about how they grow with families and demands. studios, one room, you can't grow for working families.
two and three-bedroom affordable units, that is where the family really need. this measure also brings you skilled and trained workforce that supports our organized buildings and construction trade workers in san francisco workforce. it goes by wage and skilled workforce for the construction of housing. also this comes into also demands prevailing wages requirements for the developments to pay a prevailing wage to guarantee the workers who build housing here can also afford to live in the housing they built. last but not least, this measure also demands transparency and accountability and thanks to supervisor preston at government audit oversight committee we had a hearing. it's not clear to us how is our city spending our affordable housing funds and how many really affordable housing are actually in the pipeline. how can we make sure that we are
making the progress that we demand and we need. so this measure will bring greater transparency on how the city spends affordable housing dollars by requiring a report to be included as part of the mayor's yearly budget proposal. that allows us a process and a conversation and public input to talk about how do we spend these affordable housing dollars. so thank you. i just really want to thank my early co-sponsors of supervisors, but i look forward to have all of you to join me, either as co-sponsor when it does come before you for your support and your vote. the rest i will submit. >> chair ronen: thank you. supervisor dorsey. >> supervisor dorsey: i submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor peskin. rereferred? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madame clerk, and thank you, president walton, for those words with regard to the unfortunate fire drill with
regard to the letters that over 100 service providers received last friday. i just want to speak briefly, for we will have many hearings in the rules committee, to three charter amendments that i'll be introducing today. one that would extend rent control to certain types of new construction where the city confers a benefit on a property owner. the second to address the issue of the forfeiture of pensions for city employees who have committed acts of moral turpitude short of a criminal conviction with sufficient due process and a high evidentiary standard of clear and convincing. and finally, after discussions with the city administrator's office and labor union local 261, an attempt to make a few, i
think, important changes to proposition b of a couple of years ago that would maintain commission oversight over public works and keep a focus on streets and sanitation, but do so without the inefficienies and additional costs to the agency by having two commissions over one department, which is something that does happen in other venues in san francisco, including the planning department which has two commissions over it in the form of the planning commission and historic preservation commission. so subject to robust discussions that i know we will all be engaged in. and finally, colleagues, i would like to say as to those pieces of legislation and must have much of my work here since i was re-elected seven years ago, my legislative aide lee hepner had a hand in all of that and much
of the best pieces of legislation that i passed these last seven years. i want to thank lee hepner for his seven years of service to my office and the people of district 3 on the occasion of his last day. >> clerk: thank you. we will miss lee. mr. president, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you. we'll go into recess until 4:00 p.m. about six minute
>> we're now returning back from recess for the board of supervisors. call our first 4:00 p.m. special order items 23 and 24. >> clerk: items 23 and 24 convene a committee of the whole. the board will convene on may 3, 2022. this is a public hearing to consider objections to a report of assessment cost submitted by the director of public works for inspection and or repair of blighted properties ordered to be performed by the director of
public works pursuant to administrative code chapter 80, the costs thereof having being paid for out of a blight abatement fund and item 24 is for the repair of specific blighted properties. >> supervisor: thank you so much. colleagues, before us we have a hearing on the report of assessment cost for blighted properties and we have public works. >> good afternoon, president walton and members of the board. i represent public works
graffiti unit. the community preservation and bright reduction act orders owners to to make corrections. it's the obligation of the property owner to maintain the property free of graffiti and blight. public works has physical posting at the property and regular mail and certified mail. notice of violation s information how to contact the graffiti unit and how to request a hearing and extension if more time is needed to abate. accompanied by the mail notices, we include date-stamped color photos to indicate extent of the graffiti and include a frequently asked question sheet with each notice mailed the they
make efforts to make courtesy called or e-mails with photos to property owners, property represents and/or property tenants alerting them of new graffiti vandalism on their property and to clean it up. the majority of the property owners that abate graffiti from their properties on time. if not abated within the allowed time a fee is incured. in cases where the property owner ignores the notices or refuses to remove the graffiti the city will perform the required correction and assess the cost through the tax roll. today we request approval of the list of assessment of blighted properties. since there's an outstanding balance on the properties, public works is requesting assessments be added to the
property and to recoup abatement and costs incurred to the city's general fund. >> we'll now open it up for public comment. >> clerk: the broader will prioritize hearing testimony from those who attended in person. if you wouldn't mind lining up on your right to speak at the podium. i'll recite the remote call-in systems. we're allowing individual to call in the system. the number is streaming on your television. it is 1-415-655-0001. when you hear the prompt enter the meeting i.d., 2494 596 2194
press the pound symbol twice and you'll be just in the listening queue. once your ready to get in the speakers queue, press star 3. the system will indicate you raised your hand and listen for you have been unmuted as your queue to begin speaking. we're joined by the partners of immigrant affairs and introduce themselves and the service they're providing in language. we have filipino and spanish and chinese. [speaking foreign language]
>> clerk: thank you all three for being with us this afternoon and i know you know to jump in to assist any callers this afternoon. is there anyone in the chamber who would like to address the board of supervisors on the matter? come forward. let's head to the remote system and see if there's callers. we're checking to see if remote attendees would like to begin speaking. we're setting the timer for two minutes. welcome, caller.
>> caller: afternoon, supervisors. i'm maria martinez on behalf of the non-profit that advocates for building more homes for residents of all income levels to alleviate the bay area -- >> clerk: i'm pausing your time. this is not general comment specifically taking testimony from members of the public who have been subject to an assessment cost for blighted properties. if that's not you press star 3 and that will put you back in the queue. are there any callers that would like to address the board on the assessment cost for blighted properties? >> that completes the queue. >> clerk: are there members in the room that would like to address the board. come up to the microphone.
>> supervisor: before you speak, remote public comment for this item is now closed. >> hi, thank you. i appreciate having this hearing. my name is teresa thornton at 29 mission street. i have here literally about 20 years worth of letters about this issue. i find it bad public policy. in my time other this 2069 mission street, we have put put a new mural three times paid about $3500. a new awning which we had to take down because it was
graffitied and attacked and did pigeon abatement. i have someone on a regular basis of three, four times a week going cleaning. it is impossible at high troubled corridors like 16th and mission to stay on top of it though frankly we do. i spend literally hundreds of dollars just today had the property management call me, i couldn't believe it, it got hit last week and said no point in calling police or taking pictures. we have cameras. it doesn't matter. infuriates me about this policy we're being double victimized by
graffiti vandals and the awning cost $3500 and it was beautiful and we had to take it down and then victimized by bad public policy there should be assistance in high-crime areas. >> clerk: all right. are there any other members who would like to address the board? welcome. >> i own a building at 10 castle manor, san francisco. in 2019 there was a small graffiti not on the building but on the sidewalk which we did not see fast enough because it was not on the building.
we cleaned it and i did pay the fine of $320 because it lapsed. last week i received a notice we did not pay the $320 and that's why i'm here today. i did pay online through the city website. i do have a receipt for it. here payment initiated and there's the number and so i'd like to know how to proceed this matter and get this resolved. >> clerk: thank you for your comments in a moment the president will make a statement for those in the room if you would go in the hallway with some members of the department to discuss this and perhaps remediate the issue. next speaker, please. >> the location of the graffiti and the address of the ownership
could be different. in our case the location is of a different address. happens to be a restaurant. we own the building. we have a separate address. yet when it comes hearings we get the noticed and the liens and so forth. i think the partnership distinguished is where the location of the graffiti is and address it to the correct address and owner even though the ownership and the operator of the business could be two different people. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. is there anyone else who would like to address the board on assessment costs for blighted properties? okay. mr. president. >> supervisor: public comment is
now closed. supervisor safai. >> supervisor: who's the representative from public works? the process is they'll go in the hallway. i want to say for the record, 10 castle manor we have a lot of corner properties in my district. we have similar to supervisor ronen's district and that's one of the best maintained manors and if she made the payment i know we can work this out but i wanted to say for the record to the owner it's not an easy property to maintain but you've done a tremendous job. >> supervisor: supervisor ronen. >> i missed the name of my
constituent but i can't agree with her enough. i do think especially in areas that are so hard hit by blight and graffiti there is the double victimization. it's not the fault of the owner they're victimized by vandals and the city comes in. i've tried to come up with solutions because i see it as a slap in the face. i did pause all the fines for a very long time during the pandemic because of financial struggles everyone had during the pandemic and then what happened when we paused the fines the situation became worse. there was more graffiti everywhere. i want to appreciate supervisor melgar working hard to come up with a solution here of budget appropriation to help out
property owners that are in locations that get hit over and over and over again. and i'm very committed to working with you, supervisor melgar. i just can't figure out what the solution is and it's driving me crazy. fining the victim over and over again is hard to stomach. >> clerk: through the president to supervisor ronen 29 mission was remediated and removed from the list. good news. >> that's good. i didn't see it on the list and i was wondering about that but the point the owner made stayed the same and i very much agree with it. i'm hoping supervisor melgar finds the answer for us because i tried, i tried. i haven't found it yet.
we have to figure something out. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor ronen. i don't see anyone else on the roster. the hearing has been heard and filed as madame clerk started, if you have discrepancies and want a discussion with publishing works they can have a discussion with you in the hallway and we have dealt with item 23 and will come aback and possibly amend for item 24, if you are able to work out a solution. they'll discuss item 24 and possible amendments. with that said, madame clerk call items 25 and 26. >> clerk: items 25 and 26 comprise the board of
supervisors with a meeting of the whole and item 25 is to consider objections on a report of delinquent charges for overdue civil penalties and recovery of costs for violations of health code article 21 the unauthorized release of hazardous materials and item 26 is the resolution to the report of overdue administrative civil penalties and the recovery of costs for violation for the unauthorized release of hazardous materials. >> supervisor: thank you, madame clerk. we have a hearing on the report of delinquent civic penalties and recovery of costs for violations unauthorized and releases of hazardous materials. we will begin that hearing now. we'll hear from the department of public health and we have jonathan piacuk.
-- piakus. >> clerk: i'll ask you to try again. draw that microphone very close to you or use the other podium there if that one is not working well for you. >> there was a short as well. -- short presentation as well. >> clerk: let me check with staff. did you submit that to my office? >> yes, last week. >> not terribly important. we can get started. >> clerk: we'll present it and it's coming up now. there you are.
>> i'm a senior industrial hygieist from the hazardous materials program. the department is requesting in assessment of special leans for enforcement case involving the property at 930 grove street in san francisco. previously transmitted to you was the report of delinquent charges dated april 2, 2022 i'd like an abbreviate the time line of the events leading up to the hearing. i won't walk you through everything in the time line because it's quite long but a few main takeaways for this. first, the department has been working with the property owners to try to get the many issues at the property resolved for some time. the violations begin in august of 2019 and were among some of the most significant unauthorized release violations the department has ever observed
on a property. second, numerous hearings and meetings were held prior to today ranging from our internal department hearings all the way to the california superior court with the results of each finding the department's processes and actions were upheld and appropriate. the findings are consistent with our belief the department has been reasonable in our actions in this case over the last two and a half years. provided the responsible party plenty of time to come into compliance and pay the reduced penalties that were issued which represented only 30% of the maximum allowable penalties allowed by law. lastly, the clean up and abatement work resulting from the violations have still yet to be completed. given we're hopeful for a complete resolution next month.
the department appreciates your support in delinquent charges as it's an important and useful tool for cost and penalty recovery in cases that threaten the health and well being of those in san francisco. i would also like to thank angela and the staff for their assistance in this matter. thank you. >> supervisor: thank you so much for this presentation. i don't see anyone on the roster so we'll open for public comment. if you're a member of the public who would like to speak to items 25 and 26, madame clerk. >> clerk: at this time the board of supervisors welcomes testimony pursuant to the report of delinquent civil penalties and penalties of costs of releases of hazardous materials. a moment ago we had the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs interpreters
announce they're here. they'll jump in if assist angstance -- assistance is needed and there's only one individual this hearing pertains to and i believe that's you, sir. you're at the podium and will set the time for two minutes. >> i'm john goldman for goldman architects for the upcoming historic preservation and remodel of the building which will start as soon as the led paint is finished being abated estimated to be about a month. going back to august of 2019, the contractor removed materials from inside and put it in the front yard friday august 1. he did more work august 5, monday, august 6, d.p.h. came and told him to stop and he did. the fu family ownered hired a company called the regas group
and they're an asbestos group and another company that specializes and asbestos and led and the unauthorized release of materials was mitigated august 15, 2015. here's a statement from the certified asbestos consultant in d.p.h. the letter says, after the independent site investigation the site has been stabilized and proper signage displayed under the asbestos consultant to protect public health from further release of hazardous materials and there was no further release after august 15, 2015. the d.p.h. claimed it kept going on and on and there's no proof.
what happened after august 15 was the same as any project which is you bring consultants out and that's been done and p.w. stevens company was working slowly but they did it and the led and paint in the soil is being mitigated and covid slowed it down but has everything she was supposed to do. >> clerk: thank you, sir. welcome. >> good afternoon, my name is tri am remembering my mother, the owner of the property at 930 grove street. my mother paid $60,000 for the release of the asbestos as a result of a very unfortunate incident that arose from a
mistake. she hired a contractor to perform cleaning interior and we had a homeless problem at the property. we were not aware there was asbestos in the structure. nevertheless it was not to do structural work just simple cleaning. as soon as we were informed of the asbestos problem my mother immediately hired j.m. environmental to mitigate the problem and mr. john goldman read the statement of the group. according to the consultant assessment by august 15, stabilization had been achieved and to ensure the public health from further release of hazardous materials and is no longer an emergency i wanted to bring out though my mother was not aware of the presence of
asbestos she responded immediately and mitigated within two weeks and then so far i think you have a copy. she's spent over $1 million to pay consultant, asbestos problem and more importantly may 20, we settled with the city to pay $590,000 in penalties and we agreed to sell the property by july 23, 2023. if not we'd be penalized by $875,000. so consider my mom to mitigate the problem. >> clerk: thank you. >> we request a reduction or waive the penalty. thank you. >> clerk: are there any other members of the public here to address this matter before the board? seeing no one getting up quickly, mr. president.
>> supervisor: thank you so much. public comment for this item is now closed. supervisor preston. >> this is in my property and i wanted them to get an opportunity on what the last commenter just referenced around my understanding a pending settlement and in particular if you could just deputy city attorney through the president let us know a status of the status of the settlement and if it if any way diminishes what is before us.
>> thank you. apologize if i'm looking at my notes this just came to me this morning and the unpaid administrative penalties can be put on the property as a lien so they can be recovered. and those administrative penalties arose out of an administrative enforcement action from d.p.h. they had a director's hearing at d.p.h. and imposed the penalties because the nuisance was not abated timely. the administrative penalties were not paid. i understand that the property owner appealed the director's decision by filing a writ and the superior court denied that writ. that's the administrative action that has occurred. separate and apart from that our office also filed a lawsuit to the property owners arise from
the same conditions it was empty and the release of asbestos and led. there were also other allegations in the lawsuit. i understand we have reached a settlement with the property owner and are going to court tomorrow to ask the court to bless it. as part of that settlement agreement as the property owner indicated she'll be required to sell the property and it excludes from the release the amount the administrative penalties imposed by d.p.h. that's carved out from our settlement. thank you, deputy city attorney pearson. that's an important fact this is specifically carved out.
this say well known in a bad way site in district 5. while not relevant to penalties and the lien. the background of this place and a lot of us in this neighborhood know many people who lived at this property so it didn't just become vacant in 2011. it's been vacant since 2011. it was operated as like a boarding house and this is a massive probably once very beautiful property that was then divided up and rented out to a lot of folks who called this home. folks in the neighborhood. bartenders, service workers and many others all of whom were driven out under this ownership to then have it sit for years and then to have it not just be
a nightmare property for the people who previously lived there and were driven out under very concerning circumstances but then becoming a nightmare for all the folks who live around it as asbestos is being disturbed in a public health nuisance and for the department saying this is among the most severe they've seen in the county of san francisco is saying a lot. i want to say i appreciate the department of public health's work on this in reviewing the file. my main question is why is the city not filed a lawsuit? i was pleased to learn from our city attorney the lawsuit was filed and is pending. i think to the extent there's any concerns around the scope of cumulatively between the lawsuit and the item before us. that can be taken up by the owner's council and whatever the
final negotiations are of the lawsuit. i certainly see nothing improper about what's before us and i'm comfortable supporting it. thank you. >> supervisor: thank you, supervisor preston. i don't see anyone else on the roster. this hearing item 25 has been heard and will be filed. we'll now reconvene as the board of supervisors. typically we'd allow for conversation with the property owner and the department of public health. is this conversation going to occur? will there be any amendments brought back to this body? yes? how do we close item 26? we can vote on item 26, madame clerk? >> clerk: yes, mr. president.
>> supervisor: let's do a roll call vote. >> clerk: item 26, supervisor mandelman, aye. mar, aye. supervisor melgar, aye. supervisor peskin, aye. supervisor ronen, aye. supervisor safai, aye. supervisor stefani, aye. supervisor walton, aye. supervisor chan, aye. supervisor dorsey, aye. >> supervisor: item 26 is passed unanimously. madame clerk, we are now at public comment because i don't see any representives from d.p.w. >> clerk: we'll first hear from those in the chamber and then to the remote system.
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have had the public comment requirement fulfilled. i'll state for the report those who just went through the public hearing interesting to do with blighted properties or or the waste. those two items are not eligible to speak on during general public comment. we'll accept your written correspondence by u.s. mail, we have interpreters.
we have a real housing crisis in san francisco and san francisco affordable homes now provides the tools to fix this problem. san francisco affordable homes now has a balanced approach to san francisco housing crisis. the san francisco affordable homes now has provided the opportunity to not just solve our housing crisis but to change the lives of those within the community by providing continued education and training that will in turn provide meaningful careers within the opportunity. it provided prevailing wage for all on the project, health care for not just the people on the project and spouses and significant others and children. apprenticeship training, which will allow apprentices to own their skills in turn to provide the security of a well-paying
career with retirement benefits for all. local hire with our partners, city built, will allow for continued equity and upward mobility of all san franciscans. compliance being the glue that binds us. a very real fear is having two competing measures will ensure failure of both. and to quote the supervisors today, it would lead to a road to nowhere. thank you for your time in this matter and believe san francisco affordable homes now is the way forward and the way to go. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. dan calamucci i'm a renter and researcher for carpenters 22. we're proud to supporter of
affordable homes now and asking not to put a competing amendment on the ballot. before the homes now contains some of the labor standards to ever be proposed in the construction industry but does not contain so-called skilled and trained language. the workforce requirements however, well intentioned do not currently work in the residential sector. not a single unit of housing has been built in this state that requires skilled and trained language. for 40 years the majority of the construction industry has been disconnected from apprenticeship programs from our trade unions and from programs like city builds. workers in that industry though mostly from historically under served communities need that strong voice at work. they shouldn't be excluded from opportunity because they lack a piece of paper that designates them as skilled and training.
carpenters believe we should welcome those workers in our unions and apprenticeships. it's our responsibility to organize and make sure our union reflects the san francisco workforce. san francisco city policy should be evaluated through a racial equity lens. let's not perpetuate any historical wrongs. for too long housing has been built in a handful of neighborhoods while the workers building it have been ignored. let's build housing across the city and make sure the union's open to all workers from all of san francisco. we have a choice. we can continue playing politics or we can meet the moment. let's meet the moment. uplift workers, build affordable housing, support the affordable housing now homes act. >> clerk: thank you, dan calamucci. welcome. >> good afternoon, president walton and members of the board. thank you for allowing me to speak. my name is timothy rife and i'm
a field rep for local 22 and here to speak in full support of the affordable homes now measure. in my district 1, there's been fewer than 100 homes built at all levels. it's time now that we stop playing politics and start building. let's build some housing. thank you for your time. >> thank you, timothy rife. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, president walton and supervisors. thank you for allowing me to speak today. my name is april atkins. i'm also a union carpenter and representative of local 22. i'm in full support of the initiative affordable homes now project. i started my career in '95 going through the carpenter's apprenticeship program finishing in 2000. the partnership between city
build and myself ahas been a great one. they referred me to numerous contractors why kept my career afloat. i was born and raised and worked in san francisco. when i was ready to purchase a home i couldn't afford it here. i had to move to west sacramento, keep in mind i still work here in the city. affordable homes now will allow more housing to be built with strong labor standards through skilled and trained workers. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, april atkins. welcome. >> good afternoon, thank you for your time. my name is benjamin soler a for instance resident of the sunset district. i'm an apprentice with carpenters 22 through city build
and gone through the process in the union. when i joined i had high hopes of building businesses and homes in san francisco as a resident but as of now many of my brothers and sisters who are apprentices find themselves ready to work but unable. things are slow, they tell us. there is a shortage of work for residents inside the city. in my neighborhood, i've watched friends and neighbors have to leave because housing prices skyrocket year after year. a home across from me went from a long-term neighborhood residents to being sold for $1.2 million. something i could never reach. i support the affordable homes now initiative. it's in process, gaining popular support while we, gaining signatures from your constituents and i believe it's the best cure for the ill of the
lack of housing and lack of work working for working families of this city. as an constituent i ask you to please support the initiative and lift us up to continue to work for you. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you, benjamin. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, my comments are in regards to item 51, major permit revocation. i'm a long time resident and member of the chinatown community and worked at the hotel for almost seven years. i see familiar faces when i go in my favorite restaurants and bakeries. my concern is when the petition to build the new garden in portsmyth square when the
petition was find do petitioners know where the money is coming from and it will cost $66 million of their tax money? some of the elderly who play chess in the park do not read or speak english. when they signed the petition and were shown pictures of this new structure, do they know it's going to cost $66 million? they have agreed this means they have to pay more taxes out of their own pocket? if they had known, would they agree this is a reasonable expenditure for the government? when i found out the was going to cost that much i was shocked and question it's an effective use of taxpayer money and if there's a more cost effective way to build a garden for the chinatown community. another point i want to make is the chinatown community has used the bridge to promote chinatown for events such as exhibitions
and a ping-pong competition i attended. can you build this without destroying it. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, this is in regards to item 51, major permit revocation. i'm a general manager of the hilton san francisco financial district and worked there since 2014. the terms clear a petition is valid only if it includes documentary evidence of one or more of the following grounds for revocation of the street encroachment permit and failed under the terms of the permit which is not the case. the hotel has designated staff to maintain the bridge. two, the encroachment presents a health or safety hazard. in the entire time working there we've not had one incident of
harm or physical injury. a person saying they saw a skateboard does not meet the criteria. three, creates a negative impact on the neighborhood that could not be mitigated. this is not the case we show renderings. as hotel operator i've not seen evidence of the listed criteria by san francisco or any other entity. there's also a time line of events working with the parks and recs department where committed were made the financial responsibility would not be on the hotel. i met at the hilton where i quote, i was told to tear that bridge down right now and you have to f'ing pay for it but we'll pay for the cost and demolition and refinish.
a call with the people listed confirmed the commitment of the cost of the bridge and refinishing. on 3/11/21 i discussed it was in the budget of the recreation and parks department. also, there's an e-mail exchange with michelle taylor who explains the hotel is interested in expanding coverage and she said quote, because the project is not part of the proposal i forwarded your question. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> my name david gonzalez. i'm the president of encroachment square incorporated this is about item 51 the permit revocation. we respectfully request the city of san francisco make good in its commitment to pay for the
bridge removal and associate costs if it decides to move the bridge. as stated before, it would be impossible for portsmith square investors to pay for such construction and demolition and we'd have no choice but to use the bankruptcy laws to protect us or vigorously litigate this matter and we will. we have been promised this would be paid for by the city. so further upon removal of the bridge we request the agreement between the hotel and cultural center be terminated. alternatively we request a permanent easement and allow the bridge to remain. this needs to go back to committee until resolved. if it is specifically because of the city's commitment they were going pay for the removal we
backed out and if the city told us they weren't going to pay for le for the removal or stop out it would prove illegal and would be despicable and would be proven in a court of law if that's the case. through depositions and sworn statements we'll demonstrate these individuals promised to pay and they were representatives of the city. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. let's hear from our next speaker, please. welcome. >> good afternoon. my name is john winfield an here to speak on item 51. i began by being the head of
investors and we we responsible in building the hotel and simultaneously conditioned on a bridge to build chinatown and the financial district. in 2019, august of 2019 phil ginsburg called me and said he wanted to talk to me about the bridge and said the first item is the bad news is the city wants you to remove the bridge. the good item is we'll pay for the removal of the bridge if we can work cooperatively for the sake of the community. and i agreed with them. i want you to know my ground is i was born in prague, czechoslovakia. 98% of my family was murdered in the holocaust. i grew up in israel as a young man.
when i left israel i developed my values and character. i got back to the united states and my mentor was margaret bush wilson the only woman to ever serve as chairwoman of the naacp and nominated as vice president of the united states. the first woman and it was at the national democratic convention in san francisco. i want you to treat me in the same way you would want me to treat you if our roles were reversed. i know you were all elected because you have integrity and intelligent and wise. >> clerk: thank you. apologize for interruption. the two minutes has concluded, sir.
>> i'm an 85-year-old who worked adds a social worker. i'm also a member of protect our benefits and retired employees of the city and county of san francisco. i want to thank supervisor safai for introducing the ballot measure this afternoon and those who supported him. this is especially important in light of the fact that those who retired before 1996, many of whom are on low income. many are sick. many don't receive social security benefits and they're especially under stress given the covid pandemic and also inflation and the economy. my thanks for him for doing
that. in addition i want to advocate for mental health services in addition to gun control. many of the shooters were identified, 85% actually were identified as mentally disturbed who committed violent acts. this has been certified by the american psycho lit cal association. in addition to gun control we need prevention because many of the shooters also commit suicide. this is also a problem in this population. so those are the same two aspects i want to bring up. i want to express my gratitude to supervisor safai. thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments to the board. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, mr. president and members of the board. my name is sam quan.
i'm an architect and i have been in san francisco chinatown almost 30 years. i want to speak on the ref -- revocation for the permit of the bridge and send it back to committee so more and meaningful dialogue can take place between all stakeholders. back when the project was developed 50 years ago, the city insisted to include a bridge from the hotel and the cultural center to chinatown. you may or may not like the design of the bridge but there was a genuine public and private partnership of the building. something the city wanted at the time. today, it appears the recreation and parks does not want to pay for the demolition of the city and instead shift the cost to the hotel developer. this means the city is going to ignore the 50-year
public-private agreement and change the rules of the game. perhaps the giants and warriors should start worrying about their stadium and arenas because any deal with the city now can easily be changed by ignoring prior agreements. i'd like to remind everyone the cost for all the work is approved by voters in the 2020 proposition a. as a voter and homeowner myself i hate to see money wasted. the arguments are weak and many supported the bridge being demolished however, you did not can ask if removal would cost money to taxpayers. obviously not because the poll takers wanted to get the answer they wanted. may i remind you the bond is a
tax. >> clerk: thank you for your comments to the board. are there other speakers in the room that would like to address the board during general public comment. come forward now. sir. so, seeing no other speakers in the room let's now go to the remote system. do we have callers in the queue? >> caller: first the charter amendment. there's no mayoral majority. briberies and pensions undecided.
of good policy. just a few weeks ago, assembly district 17 were clear in their choice of a candidate who ran on building as much housing as we can. and in their rejection, the opponent would believe that housing would only be built if it meets the most perspective of standards. what you each have the choice today. which of those political stances you face? we are done waiting. the board has failed to ensure that everyone who wants to share in the magic of our city has a home where they can. that is why we are on track to put the charter amendment on the ballot. please stand with us, the voters of san francisco and reject extra obstacles to finally getting something done. thank you.
>> thank you for your comments. let's hear from our next speaker, please. welcome. >> hello. i am a housing advocate because i have seen most of my friends get priced out of this area. i support the affordable homes now ballot measure. i think it is disappointing, but instead of looking for real solutions, there are supervisors who want to forward an affordable housing never ballot measure. there is nothing productive about demanding something that is very unlikely to happen. it might get you easy political winds, but it is not the actual policy that people need in order to get a house over their head -- a roof over their head. we also need good paying jobs. affordable homes now actually creates housing, so it actually creates jobs. there is a reason, if you want
to know which of these measures will actually create housing, look at the measure that is getting the support from the people who would build it. that is a pretty good indication. i support the affordable homes ballot measure. we don't need streamlining. we need actual housing. >> chair peskin: thank you for your comments to the board. let's hear from our next caller. we have 5-6 callers in the queue. welcome. >> supervisors, some days ago there was a discussion about affordable housing. there was one about city departments that couldn't give us a straight answer. only one supervisor who knew what he was talking about asked the right questions. [ indiscernible ]
some of our union members don't understand how much it costs to build a good building per square foot. they must be taught that one square foot knocks off more than $1,000. maybe 1,250. once you understand that, they can figure out the rest. don't come here to city hall and make some general statements. they fall on deaf ears. as to you, supervisors, there is one or two supervisors that understand about the housing. what they are doing is kicking there can down the street. have your heart in the right place. please have your heart in the right place. it is despicable, simply
despicable to see so many poor people sleeping on the streets and more -- it is despicable. thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. let's hear from our next caller. welcome. >> hi, i just wanted to talk about a couple of different things today. one is the homeless deterrent architecture. if you look at the current design, all you have to do is imagine someone who has a commute coming from another city an hour and a half away to work in san francisco where they cannot afford the rent and then they have to take a ride back for an hour and a half. all you have to do is imagine that to understand that the new design of the train is going to
increase crime. why would anyone want to increase crime? because they weren't thinking about that one they decided to design it so it would be as uncomfortable as possible when you have a large group of people assembled every day in close claustrophobic quarters for long periods of time. what happens? crime increases. not just among criminals, but among regular folks. with the increase of violence in our society and all kinds of ways, i am not going to be specific about it, why not create comfortable transportation? homeless deterrent architecture and design also promotes discrimination against the disabled, pregnant women, children, there are so many people who are going to suffer
on that new design and what have they done? followed suit. people are way too close together. no one was thinking about a pandemic when they came up with that design, were they? they were thinking about creating a deterrent for homeless people, making them uncomfortable. when you make them uncomfortable, you make everyone uncomfortable. >> thank you for your comments to the board. do we have another caller in the queue? >> we can hear you. >> let's go to another tended
line at this point. >> i have been in this city for a long time. i currently live in district nine. i have been involved with the battle around this since 1985. i am urging the board of supervisors to adopt number -- item 51 on your agenda. the findings to revoke the encroachment permit. the people in chinatown, a large proportion of them, live in s.r.o.s without living rooms, without dining rooms, very small spaces and families within them. literally, portsmouth square is the living room for these people. kids in chinatown don't have places to play outdoors. they don't have yards. parts of the square provide the yard to the kids and the elders sit outside when the sun comes
up, they are sitting outside to catch the sun. the bridge is a hindrance to the community. it casts shadows, it obstructs part of the square, the hotel has had a condition to remove the bridge since it bought the lot and the bridge was constructed knowing they would have to tear it down if they were told to tear it down by the city. you need to tell them to tear it down. adopting findings and item 51 is the first way of dealing with that. thank you very much vote yes on 51.
>> i support housing personally because after moving here from another major city, but learn -- berlin, in germany, i was disappointed but not surprised that my rent had tripled. san francisco is famous for its housing costs. it even led to the u.n. calling the situation on our streets as a human rights violation, which is caused by our incredibly high housing costs. we now have an initiative on the way towards the ballot that might actually do something about it, the affordable homes now initiative, which is supported by the northern california carpenters and is the
right path for more homes because it ensures housing will actually get built. i was very disappointed to hear today that there was an intentional bad faith attempt by not members of the board of supervisors to confuse voters and prevent this initiative to succeed. by price -- placing an initiative onto the ballot that will do nothing to build more homes. this also puts a chance on the housing element at risk which means we are risking funding for programs that makes our city work if that initiative passes. i urge the board of supervisors to not to play that initiative onto the ballot, but support the affordable homes now initiative. >> thank you for your comments. let's hear from our next caller in the queue, please. >> good afternoon. i am calling in support of
supervisor chan's affordable housing ballot measure. what is the sense of building housing that no one can afford? this is a good faith attempt and it should go on to the ballot. also, the rent control measure that supervisor peskin has proposed is a measure that i support. thank you. >> thank you for your comments to the board. let's hear from our next caller, please. >> hi, my name is jessica, your local real estate agent. i live in protrero hill. i support the affordable homes now charter that is being signed. i do not report the charter amendment.
i think we should focus on streamlining some more housing can be built and so homeowners can build housing for families, rather than trying to prevent housing from being built. thank you very much. that is all. >> thank you for your comments to the board. do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> yes, please. can you hear me okay? this is the executive director of the library users association. >> i will start your time now. >> you can hear me okay? >> yes. your time has started. >> thank you. i am the executive director of library users association.
yesterday we heard a program on the radio and was very much concerned with the implications of the privacy threats to regular people as the whole abortion row versus wade is moving forward. apparently there are some 20 plus states that are making abortion and the effort to that illegal and that could lead to even more bad consequences for folks who are, in any way, discovered through their internet activity by the police, by other law enforcement agencies in those states and so on to have been expressing an interest or any kind of concern about that matter. we have been talking about the
threats to privacy for a whole range of activities and the library, in particular, but all over in the city, but particularly in the library were so many programs are on zoom and they don't let people know that there is access through an ordinary telephone. there are more and more cuts to books and in some cases, no print books. and a whole range of other privacy issues at the library and elsewhere that are very concerning. in addition, the library and other city agencies contribute to the raw material of the information collected by using social media, e-mail, and all kinds of other things that contribute to their collecting information and that is also something the city should be looking at and very concerned with. thank you very much. >> thank you for your comments. do we have another caller in the queue? [ laughter ]
>> welcome. >> supervisors, can you hear me? >> welcome. >> supervisors, this is lorraine penny of affordable housing. i wanted to speak today to thank supervisor peskin and supervisor chan for introducing a charter amendment to bring truly affordable housing back to san francisco to extend rent control and to be recognized in cities everywhere. the proposed affordable housing act is affordable homes only for the wealthy. it will never bring affordable homes to ordinary citizens. [ indiscernible ]
i urge you very much to support the charter amendments. >> thank you for your comments. all right. do we have any speakers in the queue? >> that completes the queue. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. public comment for review -- virtual call in is now closed. >> thank you. i will just check to see if there are any new members of the public and the gallery who haven't spoken yet and would like to address the board during general public comment. seeing no one standing up, mr. president? >> thank you. public comment is now closed. i do believe we have our representatives from dpw to return and report. >> welcome.
>> good evening. we had a total of 10 properties that we are requesting to be put on the property of the tax bill. we have one property owner that showed up from our list and she paid the fee. it was for 1050 larkin street. and the other nine did not show today. >> thank you so much. we are going to amend with the one change. >> okay. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> colleagues, i believe we can accept the amendments to the report contained in item 24 and remove the property that was identified by department staff. we need to do a roll call vote.
>> mr. president, given that this is a consent matter, and for that objection, just for the report -- >> will take that without objection. would you please call the roll and a resolution with the amended reports? >> on item number 24... [ roll call ] there are 11 ayes. >> thank you. without objection, item 24 is
passed unanimously with the amended report. madam clerk, we are now at for adoption without community reference. >> items 40 through 54 were introduced for adoption without committee reference. unanimous vote is required for adoption of resolutions on first reading today. alternatively, one member may request a resolution on first reading to go to committee. >> thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> i would like to pull 40. >> thank you. >> i would like to pull 40. >> i would like to pull 45. >> supervisor dorsey? >> thank you. could i please be added to items 40, 41 and 42? >> that is 40, 41 and 42? >> that's right. >> thank you. noted. >> thank you. supervisor mar? >> sever number 42. >> thank you, supervisor mar.
there are 11 ayes. >> thank you. without objection, these resolutions are adopted and the motions are approved unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 40. >> item 40 is a resolution to proclaim may 29th through june 4th 2022 as the queer and transgender asian and pacific islander week in the city and county of san francisco. >> thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> thank you. we introduce this last week even though i was out. i wasn't able to speak on it. i wanted to say a few words about the resolution. for over 50 years, june has marked lgbt pride celebration and parades in san francisco. during that time, we have expanded to include a full month of events and workshops to educate and raise awareness.
and even in 2022 in san francisco there is still more work to be done to make pride more inclusive, elevate nonwhite and nonbinary voices, and celebrate the diversity within our own lgbt queue plus community. this resolution would proclaim may 29th through june 4th 2022 as queer and transgender asian and pacific islander week in san francisco. the bay area queer and transgender asian and pacific islander group coalition was formed in 2019 to build community for's that -- facilitate generational transfer of knowledge and recognize the community's historical context and interdependence and celebrate their unique cultural heritage and identity did. despite our efforts to separate diversity and inc. clued spaces, the community continues to experience discrimination, face violence and has been targeted by unjust systems.
in response, the bay area coalition has grown to respond to the issues facing the community. their response includes advocating this celebration. this creates space for organizers to demonstrate the strength and resilience of the community in the face of continued violence and take pride and identity into the lgbtq plus community. the bay area and compute -- community -- [ indiscernible ] -- and the san francisco bay area. i want to thank my colleagues for cosponsoring this resolution. and finally, before i close and ask for your support, i want to thank the amazing groups that make up the coalition, including the asian pacific islander and queer communities.
thank you. >> thank you. supervisor chan? >> thank you. i just want to thank supervisor mandelman for this resolution and especially knowing that these youth has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. there is a statistic that shows that 40% of the youth have considered suicide. this is very meaningful. i appreciate the leadership and efforts and i am proud to be a cosponsor. thank you. >> thank you so much, supervisor chan. seeing no one else on the roster, we will take this item same house, same call.
without objection, this resolution is adopted. please call item number 42. >> it is a resolution to support built in 1947, authored by filtering, freedom from hate crimes, which follows the recommendation of the state auditor by requiring law agencies to adopt a hate crime policy including specific guidelines for recognizing, recording and responding to these crimes. >> thank you, supervisor. >> this resolution supports -- authored by our assemblymen. it would require local law enforcement agencies in california to develop and have any fact the hate crime policy providing instructions to police officers to identify, respond to and report hate crimes. it would create standard definitions in critical reports for hate crimes. hate crime policies will be
submitted to this department of justice. this will be an incredibly important step forward for the state in ensuring that all of our local communities and cities and jurisdictions are addressing hate crimes and hate incidents that have become so widespread lately. i think it is also important for us here in san francisco, even though we are ahead of most places in the state on addressing hate crimes, back in 2019 we adopted the crime victim data disclosure ordinance that i sponsored which required sfpd to again quarterly reports on the aggregated demographic data of crime victims and the motivating factors of hate crimes. the legislation came after working for many months on public safety issues with diverse stakeholders in the district, as well as with the broader community, the lgbtq community and faith communities and others. it also came in response to a surge in hate motivated crimes
>> it calls outlaws that call for commonality and the way law enforcement agencies report them and investigate them and handle them and prosecute them so this work is important and it was meaningful to me because i worked on a lot of the things that seeing the uptick in hate crimes. i want to commend you for your
leadership on it. >> thank you supervisor dorsey. is this resolution will be adopted unanimously. please call item number 43. >> clerk: item 43 to commend the workforce of san francisco public works and declaring may 16th through may 20th, 2022 to be public works week in the city of county of san francisco. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. >> thank you, president walton. colleagues, last week was public works week and sew we are declaring it as such. each year selects a week and acknowledge the hard-working men and women who work to help their communities thrive. this is ready to celebrate the work and seeing in work this
despite challenges and it's easy for us to be critical because there's so much public pressure and aren't dirty streets and around all the things that we all get calls about and showing up and doing their best despite the severe staffing and the department undergoing massive structural changes and some of the accomplishments of the san francisco public works workforce lately includes completing the construction of the floating fire boat station number 35 at pier 22 and a half and construction of a bayview plan ground and the rosie pool and continued pressure washing and cleaning across all of san francisco's neighborhoods and
supporting share spaces program and maintaining city owned trees and the right-of-way is accessible with curb ramps and transit bulb outs so here is our thank you to all public works staff on behalf of this board and thank you colleagues for supporting us. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor ronen. >> add me as a co-sponsor and deep gratitude to our public works employees. >> president walton: thank you supervisor ronen and thank you supervisor melgar for acknowledging the folks who are working hard in our department of public works. and we will take this item same house same call without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. call item number 45. >> clerk: a resolution to urge the department of public-health and consultation with the department of emergency management and the mayor's office of violence prevention and the fire department and
police department and department of youth and their families, department on the status of women and other relevant city departments and community partners to create and adopt a publicly available protocol to respond proactively to instances of gun related community trauma. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston. >> thank you. i spoke to this last week when we introduced it. this is an important resolution to november forward to have our city develop an actual protocol for supporting not just the direct victims of gun violence but also the immediate neighbors and communities neighbors in the aftermath of a shooting and i have some they are the results
of those conversations so i'd like to move amendments now. >> president walton: we don't need a second. we do? we need a second on the amendments. thank you so much and i don't see anyone in the roster so we will take those amendments same house same call without objection, the amendments for item number 45 are approved unanimously. and seeing no one on the roster we will take item 45 as amended same house same call and this will be approved unanimously. clear call item number 48. >> clerk: item 48 is a motion to schedule the board of supervisors to sit as a committee of the whole on tuesday, june 14th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. to hold a public hearing on laguna honda hospital strategy for recertification and a closure and patient transfers
and relocation plan and request the department of public-health to present. >> thank you supervisor melgar. >> thank you president wall ton and i want to thank preston, ronen chan and mar for co-sponsoring this to convene as a committee of the whole on june strategy and the plan to get the hospital recertified. we're all devastated and gutted by the news that this life-saving institution is at risk of losing medicare and medicaid dollars. having to transition the most vulnerable residents to facilities hundreds if not thousands of miles away from their families. unfortunately one of the compliance requirements is for there could be a patient transfer and relocation plan and
we need to get in shape to relocating patients during a bed shortage while the pandemic and is still on going and we're suffering from a shortage of staff. we have the decided on june 14th as a date so there's enough time for expert consultants working on the recertification process sew we can share it widely. i know the laguna hospital staff and our congressional federal
delegation are doing everything that they can to support the day-to-day efforts. information that is available is being shared when possible and so there is a steady line of communication in transparency and i'm confident that this board stands at the ready to fight like hell to save the hospital. >> president walton: supervisor preston. >> thank you president walton, colleagues. laguna honda is synonymous with san francisco and up there with golden gate park and general hospital and it's linked to this town for a century and a half and in my on and off 20 years here i was proud to be part of the fight to preserve it and build the new facility when we were wrestling whether we should move to the decentralized model that was weeping our country and
ultimately landed with our state of the art facility that we have today and obviously when i heard the news in april, that we were up against it with cms, that was of great concern to me and i discussed it with others like supervisor ronen and i'm glad that we are having this hearing and hope that we can all work with our federal partners to reverse this tie by also think our eyes need to be wide open and the reality is others we are sitting here the patient population. i say that not by way of not wanting to support a reversal of the federal mandate that gives us four months possibly six but to give a little context what i would like to hear in this hearing and namely, insofar as
dph is required to give updates to the california department of public-health with regard to the number of discharges and remaining patients census and submit reports both to cms and dal dph presumably with deidentified data so patient names aren't there and hippa privacy protections aren't violated. i would request that dph be prepared to submit those reports not again, not with private data to this board of supervisors while we're waiting for june 14th, to roll around so we know what the number of discharges look like on a weekly basis and what the remaining patient census is is and in the same breath, i believe that when we were wrestling with epic, the database that i would like dph
track the types and facilities and where they are as supervisors melgar said some of these facility may be hundreds of miles away so i just want to make sure that we have that level of data as we enter the june 14th hearing and i support this hearing and sadly look forward to it on june 14th. >> supervisor mar. >> i wanted to add to supervisor peskin's request for weekly updates from dph about the seeing where they're discharged to if it's out of county and to what facilities and it should be
required by the legislation that we adopted at supervisor safai from the acute care hospitals and long-term care acute hospitals so thank you. >> president walton: thank you supervisor mar and thank you supervisor melgar and all the co-sponsors for calling for this committee of the whole and i would love to be added as a co-sponsor and we do have a duty and an obligation as board of supervisors to stay on that. we will take this item same house same call and without objection this is approved unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items. >> clerk: i have no imperatives to report. >> inmemoriam. >> it will be adjourned in memory of the following beloved individual on behalf of supervisor melgar for the late lonnie lawson junior.
worth of meals for monday through friday. the program came about when the shelter in place order came about for san francisco. we have a lot of students that depend on school lunches to meet their daily nutritional requirement. we have families that can't take a hit like that because they have to make three meals instead of one meal. >> for the lunch, we have turkey sandwiches. right now, we have spaghetti and meat balls, we have chicken enchiladas, and then, we have cereals and fruits and crackers, and then we have the
milk. >> we heard about the school districts, that they didn't know if they were going to be able to provide it, so we've been successful in going to the stores and providing some things. they've been helpful, pointing out making sure everybody is wearing masks, making sure they're staying distant, and everybody is doing their jobs, so that's a great thing when you're working with many kid does. >> the feedback has been really good. everybody seems really appreciative. they do request a little bit more variety, which has been hard, trying to find different types of food, but for the most part, everyone seems appreciative. growing up, i depended on them,
as well, so it reminds me of myself growing up. >> i have kids at home. i have six kids. i'm a mother first, so i'm just so glad to be here. it's so great to be able to help them in such a way because some families have lost their job, some families don't have access to this food, and we're just really glad to be. >> shop and dine the 49 promotes loophole businesses and changes residents to do thirds shopping
and diane within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services we help san francisco remain unique and successful where will you shop and dine shop and dine the 49. >> my name is neil the general manager for the book shop here on west portal avenue if san francisco this is a neighborhood bookstore and it is a wonderful neighborhood but it is an interesting community because the residents the neighborhood muni loves the neighborhood it is community and we as a book sincerely we see the same people here the shop all the time and you know to a certain degree this is part of their this is created the neighborhood a place where people come and subcontract it is in recent years we see a drop
off of a lot of bookstores both national chains and neighborhoods by the neighborhood stores where coming you don't want to - one of the great things of san francisco it is neighborhood neighborhood have dentist corrosive are coffeehouses but 2, 3, 4 coffeehouses in month neighborhoods that are on their own- that's >> it did take a village. i was really lucky when i was 14 years old to get an internship. the difference that it made for me is i had a job, but there were other people who didn't have a job, who, unfortunately, needed money. and they were shown to commit illegal acts to get money. that is what i want to prevent. [♪♪♪]
today we are here to officially kick off the first class of opportunities for all. [applause]. >> opportunities for all is a program that mayor breed launched in october of 2018. it really was a vision of mayor breed to get to all of the young people in san francisco, but with an intention to focus on young people that have typically not being able to access opportunities such as internships or work-based learning opportunities. >> money should never be a barrier to your ability to succeed in life and that is what this program is about. >> there's always these conversations about young people not being prepared and not having experience for work and if they don't get an opportunity to work, then they cannot gain the experience that they need. this is really about investing in the future talent pool and
getting them the experience that they need. >> it is good for everyone because down the road we will need future mechanics, future pilots, future bankers, future whatever they may be in any industry. this is the pipe on we need to work with. we need to start developing talent, getting people excited about careers, opening up those pathways and frankly giving opportunities out there that would normally not be presented. [♪♪♪] >> the way that it is organized is there are different points of entry and different ways of engagement for the young person and potential employers. young people can work in cohorts or in groups and that's really for people that have maybe never had job experience or who are still trying to figure out what they want to do and they can explore. and in the same way, it is open for employers to say, you know what, i don't think we are ready to host an intern year-round are all summer, but that they can open up their doors and do site visits or tours or panels or conversations.
and then it runs all the way up to the opportunity for young people to have long-term employment, and work on a project and be part of the employee base. >> something new, to get new experience and meet people and then you are getting paid for it you are getting paid for doing that. it is really cool. >> i starting next week, i will be a freshman. [cheers and applause] two of the things i appreciate about this program was the amazing mentorship in the job experience that i had. i am grateful for this opportunity. thank you. >> something i learned at airbnb is how to network and how important it is to network because it is not only what you know, but also who you know to get far in life. >> during this program, i learned basic coding languages, had a had to identify the main components and how to network on a corporate level. it is also helping me accumulate
my skills all be going towards my college tuition where i will pursue a major in computer science. >> for myself, being that i am an actual residential realtor, it was great. if anybody wants to buy a house, let me know. whenever. [applause] it is good. i got you. it was really cool to see the commercial side and think about the process of developing property and different things that i can explore. opportunities for all was a great opportunity for all. >> we were aiming to have 1,000 young people register and we had over 2,000 people register and we were able to place about between 50 and did. we are still getting the final numbers of that. >> over several weeks, we were able to have students participate in investment banking they were able to work with our team, or technology team, our engineering 20 we also
gave them lessons around the industry, around financial literacy. >> there are 32,000 young people ages 16 and 24 living in san francisco. and imagine if we can create an opera skin it just opportunity for all program for every young person that lives in public housing, affordable housing, low income communities. it is all up to you to make that happen. >> we have had really great response from employers and they have been talking about it with other employers, so we have had a lot of interest for next year to have people sign on. we are starting to figure out how to stay connected to those young people and to get prepared to make sure we can get all 2400 or so that registered. we want to give them placement and what it looks like if they get more. >> let's be honest, there is always a shortage of good talent in any industry, and so this is a real great career path. >> for potential sponsors who
might be interested in supporting opportunities for all , there is an opportunity to make a difference in our city. this is a really thriving, booming economy, but not for everyone. this is a way to make sure that everyone gets to benefit from the great place that san francisco is and that we are building pathways for folks to be able to stay here and that they feel like they will belong. >> just do it. sign up for it. [♪♪♪]
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shadow. a shadow underneath each letter and to the side. it is really going to give it a 3-d look. wow! great job. i bet you didn't think you could draw that. now you can draw bubble letters you can use it to draw things for your friends, cards. it is really useful. i hope you had a good time. i will see you next time on uncle nate's creativity time. uncle nate's creativity time.
>> we are right now in outer richmond in the last business area of this city. this area of merchants is in the most western part of san francisco, continue blocks down the street they're going to fall into the pacific ocean. two blocks over you're going to have golden gate park. there is japanese, chinese, hamburgers, italian, you don't have to cook. you can just walk up and down the street and you can get your cheese. i love it. but the a very multicultural place with people from everywhere. it's just a wonderful environment. i love the richmond district. >> and my wife and i own a café
we have specialty coffee drinks, your typical lattes and mochas and cappuccinos, and for lunches, sandwiches and soup and salad. made fresh to order. we have something for everybody >> my shop is in a very cool part of the city but that's one of the reasons why we provide such warm and generous treats, both physically and emotionally (♪♪) >> it's an old-fashioned general store. they have coffee. other than that what we sell is fishing equipment. go out and have a good time. >> one of my customers that has been coming here for years has always said this is my favorite store. when i get married i'm coming in your store. and then he in his wedding outfit and she in a beautiful
dress came in here in between getting married at lands end and to the reception, unbelievable. (♪♪) >> the new public health order that we're announcing will require san franciscans to remain at home with exceptions only for essential outings. >> when the pandemic first hit we kind of saw the writing on the walls that potentially the city is going to shut all businesses down. >> it was scary because it was such an unknown of how things were going to pan out. i honestly thought that this might be the end of our
business. we're just a small business and we still need daily customers. >> i think that everybody was on edge. nobody was untouched. it was very silent. >> as a business owner, you know, things don't just stop, right? you've still got your rent, and all of the overhead, it's still there. >> there's this underlying constant sense of dread and anxiety. it doesn't prevent you from going to work and doing your job, it doesn't stop you from doing your normal routine. what it does is just make you feel extra exhausted. >> so we began to reopen one year later, and we will emerge stronger, we will emerge better as a city, because we are still
here and we stand in solidarity with one another. >> this place has definitely been an anchor for us, it's home for us, and, again, we are part of this community and the community is part of us. >> one of the things that we strived for is making everyone in the community feel welcome and we have a sign that says "you're welcome." no matter who you are, no matter what your political views are, you're welcome here. and it's sort of the classic san francisco thing is that you work with folks. >> it is your duty to help everybody in san francisco.
the tenderloin is home to families, immigrants, seniors, merchants, workers and the housed and unhoused who all deserve a thriving neighborhood to call home. the tenderloin initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services and increase investments in the neighborhood. as city and community-based partners, we work daily to make these changes a reality. we invite you to the tenderloin
history, inclusivity make this neighborhood special. >> we're all citizens of san francisco and we deserve food, water, shelter, all of those things that any system would. >> what i find the most fulfilling about being in the tenderloin is that it's really basically a big family here and i love working and living here. >> [speaking foreign language] >> my hopes and dreams for the tenderloin are what any other community organizer would want for their community, safe, clean streets for everyone and good operating conditions for small businesses. >> everything in the tenderloin is very good.
the food is very good. if you go to any restaurant in san francisco, you will feel like oh, wow, the food is great. the people are nice. >> it is a place where it embraces all walks of life and different cultures. so this is the soul of the tenderloin. it's really welcoming. the. >> the tenderloin is so full of color and so full of people. so with all of us being together and making it feel very safe is challenging, but we are working on it and we are getting there. >> by the time the last show came, i was like whoa, whoa, whoa. i came in kicking and screaming and left out dancing. [♪♪♪]
>> hello, friends. i'm the deputy superintendent of instruction at san francisco unified school district, but you can call me miss vickie. what you see over the next hour has been created and planned by our san francisco teachers for our students. >> our premise came about for san francisco families that didn't have access to technology, and that's primarily children preschool to second grade. >> when we started doing this distance learning, everything was geared for third grade and up, and we work with the little once, and it's like how were
they still processing the information? how were they supposed to keep learning? >> i thought about reaching the student who didn't have internet, who didn't have computers, and i wanted them to be able to see me on the t.v. and at least get some connection with my kids that way. >> thank you, friends. see you next time. >> hi, friend. >> today's tuesday, april 28, 2020. it's me, teacher sharon, and i'm back again. >> i got an e-mail saying that i had an opportunity to be on a show. i'm, like, what? >> i actually got an e-mail from the early education department, saying they were saying of doing a t.v. show, and i was selected to be one of the people on it, if i was interested. i was scared, nervous.
i don't like public speaking and all the above. but it worked out. >> talk into a camera, waiting for a response, pretending that oh, yeah, i hear you, it's so very weird. i'm used to having a classroom with 17 students sitting in front of me, where they're all moving around and having to have them, like, oh, sit down, oh, can you hear them? let's listen. >> hi guys. >> i kind of have stage flight when i'm on t.v. because i'm normally quiet? >> she's never quiet. >> no, i'm not quiet. >> my sister was, like, i saw you on t.v.
my teacher was, i saw you on youtube. it was exciting, how the community started watching. >> it was a lot of fun. it also pushed me outside of my comfort zone, having to make my own visuals and lesson plans so quickly that ended up being a lot of fun. >> i want to end today with a thank you. thank you for spending time with us. it was a great pleasure, and see you all in the fall. >> i'm so happy to see you today. today is the last day of the school year, yea! >> it really helped me in my teaching. i'm excited to go back teaching my kids, yeah. >> we received a lot of amazing feedback from kiddos, who have seen their own personal teacher
on television. >> when we would watch as a family, my younger son, kai, especially during the filipino episodes, like, wow, like, i'm proud to be a filipino. >> being able to connect with someone they know on television has been really, really powerful for them. and as a mom, i can tell you that's so important. the social confidence development of our early learners. [♪♪♪]
it was fast-paced, stressful, but the good kind of stressful, high energy. there was a crowd to entertain, it was overwhelming in a good way, and i really, really enjoyed it. i continued working for the grizzlies for the 2012-2013 season, and out of happenstance, the same job opened up for the san francisco giants. i applied, not knowing if i would get it, but i would kick myself if i didn't apply. i was so nervous, i never lived anywhere outside of fridays fridays -- fresno, and i got an interview. and then, i got a second interview, and i got more nervous because know the thought of leaving fresno and my family and friends was scary, but this opportunity was on the other side. but i had to try, and lo and behold, i got the job, and my first day was january 14, 2014. every game day was a puzzle,
and i have to figure out how to put the pieces together. i have two features that are 30 seconds long or a minute and a 30 feature. it's fun to put that al together and then lay that out in a way that is entertaining for the fans. a lucky seat there and there, and then, some lucky games that include players. and then i'll talk to lucille, can you take the shirt gun to the bleachers. i just organize it from top to bottom, and it's just fun for me. something, we don't know how it's going to go, and it can be a huge hit, but you've got to try it. or if it fails, you just won't do it again. or you tweak it. when that all pans out, you go oh, we did that.
we did that as a team. i have a great team. we all gel well together. it keeps the show going. the fans are here to see the teams, but also to be entertained, and that's our job. i have wonderful female role models that i look up to here at the giants, and they've been great mentors for me, so i aspire to be like them one day. renelle is the best. she's all about women in the workforce, she's always in our corner. [applause] >> i enjoy how progressive the giants are. we have had the longer running until they secure day. we've been doing lgbt night longer than most teams. i enjoy that i work for an organization who supports that
and is all inclusive. that means a lot to me, and i wouldn't have it any other way. i wasn't sure i was going to get this job, but i went for it, and i got it, and my first season, we won a world series even if we hadn't have won or gone all the way, i still would have learned. i've grown more in the past four years professionally than i think i've grown in my entire adult life, so it's been eye opening and a wonderful learning [♪♪♪] >> i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world, you shouldn't just be something in museums, and i
love that the people can just go there and it is there for everyone. [♪♪♪] >> i would say i am a multidimensional artist. i came out of painting, but have also really enjoyed tactile properties of artwork and tile work. i always have an interest in public art. i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world. you shouldn't just be something in museums. i love that people can just go there, and it is there for everyone. public art is art with a job to do. it is a place where the architecture meets the public. where the artist takes the meaning of the site, and gives a
voice to its. we commission culture, murals, mosaics, black pieces, cut to mental, different types of material. it is not just downtown, or the big sculptures you see, we are in the neighborhood. those are some of the most beloved kinds of projects that really give our libraries and recreation centers a sense of uniqueness, and being specific to that neighborhood. colette test on a number of those projects for its. one of my favorites is the oceanview library, as well as several parks, and the steps. >> mosaics are created with tile that is either broken or cut in
some way, and rearranged to make a pattern. you need to use a tool, nippers, as they are called, to actually shape the tiles of it so you can get them to fit incorrectly. i glued them to mash, and then they are taken, now usually installed by someone who is not to me, and they put cement on the wall, and they pick up the mash with the tiles attached to it, and they stick it to the wall, and then they groped it afterwards. [♪♪♪] >> we had never really seen artwork done on a stairway of the kinds that we were thinking of because our idea was very just barely pictorial, and to have a picture broken up like that, we were not sure if it would visually work.
so we just took paper that size and drew what our idea was, and cut it into strips, and took it down there and taped it to the steps, and stepped back and looked around, and walked up and down and figured out how it would really work visually. [♪♪♪] >> my theme was chinese heights because i find them very beautiful. and also because mosaic is such a heavy, dens, static medium, and i always like to try and incorporate movement into its, and i work with the theme of water a lot, with wind, with clouds, just because i like movements and lightness, so i liked the contrast of making kites out of very heavy, hard material. so one side is a dragon kite,
and then there are several different kites in the sky with the clouds, and a little girl below flying it. [♪♪♪] >> there are pieces that are particularly meaningful to me. during the time that we were working on it, my son was a disaffected, unhappy high school student. there was a day where i was on the way to take them to school, and he was looking glum, as usual, and so halfway to school, i turned around and said, how about if i tell the school you are sick and you come make tiles with us, so there is a tile that he made to. it is a little bird. the relationship with a work of art is something that develops
over time, and if you have memories connected with a place from when you are a child, and you come back and you see it again with the eyes of an adult, it is a different thing, and is just part of what makes the city an exciting place. >> this is a huge catalyst for change. >> it will be over 530,000 gross
square feet plus two levels of basement. >> now the departments are across so many locations it is hard for them to work together and collaborate and hard for the customers to figure out the different locations and hours of operation. >> one of the main drivers is a one stopper mitt center for -- permit center. >> special events. we are a one stop shop for those three things. >> this has many different uses throughout if years. >> in 1940s it was coca-cola and the flagship as part of the construction project we are retaining the clock tower. the permit center is little working closely with the digital services team on how can we modernize and move away from the paper we use right now to move to a more digital world. >> the digital services team was
created in 2017. it is 2.5 years. our job is to make it possible to get things done with the city online. >> one of the reasons permitting is so difficult in this city and county is really about the scale. we have 58 different department in the city and 18 of them involve permitting. >> we are expecting the residents to understand how the departments are structured to navigate through the permitting processes. it is difficult and we have heard that from many people we interviewed. our goal is you don't have to know the department. you are dealing with the city. >> now if you are trying to get construction or special events permit you might go to 13 locations to get the permit. here we are taking 13 locations into one floor of one location which is a huge improvement for the customer and staff trying to
work together to make it easy to comply with the rules. >> there are more than 300 permitting processes in the city. there is a huge to do list that we are possessing digital. the first project is allowing people to apply online for the a.d.u. it is an accessory dwelling unit, away for people to add extra living space to their home, to convert a garage or add something to the back of the house. it is a very complicated permit. you have to speak to different departments to get it approved. we are trying to consolidate to one easy to due process. some of the next ones are windows and roofing. those are high volume permits. they are simple to issue. another one is restaurant permitting. while the overall volume is lower it is long and complicated business process. people struggle to open
restaurants because the permitting process is hard to navigate. >> the city is going to roll out a digital curing system one that is being tested. >> when people arrive they canshay what they are here to. it helps them workout which cue they neat to be in. if they rant to run anker rapid she can do that. we say you are next in line make sure you are back ready for your appointment. >> we want it all-in-one location across the many departments involved. it is clear where customers go to play. >> on june 5, 2019 the ceremony was held to celebrate the placement of the last beam on top of the structures. six months later construction is complete. >> we will be moving next summer. >> the flu building -- the new building will be building.
it was designed with light in mind. employees will appreciate these amenities. >> solar panels on the roof, electric vehicle chargers in the basement levels, benefiting from gray watery use and secured bicycle parking for 300 bicycles. when you are on the higher floors of the building you might catch the tip of the golden gate bridge on a clear day and good view of soma. >> it is so exciting for the team. it is a fiscal manifestation what we are trying to do. it is allowing the different departments to come together to issue permits to the residents. we hope people can digitally come to one website for permits. we are trying to make it digital
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 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 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
>> shop and dine the 49 promotes local businesses and changes san franciscans to do their shopping and dooipg within the 49 square miles by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique, successful and vibrant so where will you shop and dine the 49 hi in my mind a ms. medina
from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself.
the tenderloin is home to families, immigrants, seniors, merchants, workers and the housed and unhoused who all deserve a thriving neighborhood to call home. the tenderloin initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services and increase investments in the neighborhood. as city and community-based partners, we work daily to make these changes a reality. we invite you to the tenderloin history, inclusivity make this neighborhood special. >> we're all citizens of san francisco and we deserve food, water, shelter, all of those things that any system would. >> what i find the most fulfilling about being in the tenderloin is that it's really basically a big family here and i love working and living here.
>> [speaking foreign language] >> my hopes and dreams for the tenderloin are what any other community organizer would want for their community, safe, clean streets for everyone and good operating conditions for small businesses. >> everything in the tenderloin is very good. the food is very good. if you go to any restaurant in san francisco, you will feel like oh, wow, the food is great. the people are nice. >> it is a place where it embraces all walks of life and different cultures. so this is the soul of the tenderloin. it's really welcoming. the. >> the tenderloin is so full of
>> the city has undertaken a pilot program to hook up private privately -- owned hotels. >> the community members say this is helpful for them especially for the seniors and families with kids from seniors being able to connect with the family during the pandemic and too watch the news has been really helpful during this time where they are stuck inside and
are not able to go outside. for families it is important to stay connected to go to school, to get connected so they can submit resumes to find jobs during the pandemic. [speaking foreign language] >> challenges that might seem for the fiber in chinatown is pretty congested. the fiber team found ways around that. they would have to do things such as overnight work in the manholes to get across through busy intersections, and i think the last challenge is a lot of buildings we worked on were built in the early 1900s and
they are not fitted with the typical infrastructure you would put in a new building. we overcame that with creative ideas, and we continue to connect more sites like this. >> high-speed internet has become a lifesaver in the modern era. i am delighted that we completed three buildings or in the process of completing two more. i want to thank our department of technology that has done this by themselves. it is not contracted out. it is done by city employees. i am proud and i want to take a moment to celebrate what we are doing. >> 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 >> my background is in engineering. i am a civil engineer by training. my career has really been around government service. when the opportunity came up to serve the city of san francisco, that was just an opportunity i really needed to explore. [♪♪♪]
[♪♪♪] i think it was in junior high and really started to do well in math but i faced some really interesting challenges. many young ladies were not in math and i was the only one in some of these classes. it was tough, it was difficult to succeed when a teacher didn't have confidence in you, but i was determined and i realized that engineering really is what i was interested in. as i moved into college and took engineering, preengineering classes, once again i hit some of those same stereotypes that women are not in this field. that just challenged me more. because i was enjoying it, i was determined to be successful. now i took that drive that i have and a couple it with public
service. often we are the unsung heroes of technology in the city whether it is delivering network services internally, or for our broadband services to low income housing. >> free wi-fi for all of the residents here so that folks have access to do job searches, housing searches, or anything else that anyone else could do in our great city. >> we are putting the plant in the ground to make all of the city services available to our residents. it is difficult work, but it is also very exciting and rewarding our team is exceptional. they are very talented engineers and analysts who work to deliver the data and the services and the technology every day. >> i love working with linda because she is fun. you can tell her anything under the sun and she will listen and give you solutions or advice.
she is very generous and thoughtful and remembers all the special days that you are celebrating. >> i have seen recent employee safety and cyber security. it is always a top priority. i am always feeling proud working with her. >> what is interesting about my work and my family is my experience is not unique, but it is different. i am a single parent. so having a career that is demanding and also having a child to raise has been a challenge. i think for parents that are working and trying to balance a career that takes a lot of time, we may have some interruptions. if there is an emergency or that sort of thing then you have to be able to still take care of your family and then also do your service to your job. that is probably my take away
and a lot of lessons learned. a lot of parents have the concern of how to do the balance i like to think i did a good job for me, watching my son go through school and now enter the job market, and he is in the medical field and starting his career, he was always an intern. one of the things that we try to do here and one of my takeaways from raising him is how important internships are. and here in the department of technology, we pride ourselves on our interns. we have 20 to 25 each year. they do a terrific job contributing to our outside plant five or work or our network engineering or our finance team. this last time they took to programming our reception robot, pepper, and they added videos to it and all of these sort of things. it was fun to see their creativity and their innovation come out.
>> amazing. >> intriguing. >> the way i unwind is with my photography and taking pictures around the city. when i drive around california, i enjoy taking a lot of landscapes. the weather here changes very often, so you get a beautiful sunset or you get a big bunch of clouds. especially along the waterfront. it is spectacular. i just took some photos of big server and had a wonderful time, not only with the water photos, but also the rocks and the bushes and the landscapes. they are phenomenal. [♪♪♪] my advice to young ladies and women who would like to move into stem fields is to really look at why you are there. if you are -- if you are a problem solver, if you like to
analyse information, if you like to discover new things, if you like to come up with alternatives and invent new practice, it is such a fabulous opportunity. whether it is computer science or engineering or biology or medicine, oh, my goodness, there are so many opportunities. if you have that kind of mindset i have enjoyed working in san francisco so much because of the diversity. the diversity of the people, of this city, of the values, of the talent that is here in the city. it is stimulating and motivating and inspiring and i cannot imagine working anywhere else but in sannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
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finally able to pull on play on the number one green a celebration on october 7, 1901, a skoovlt for the st. anthony's formed a club and john then the superintendent the golden gate park laid out the bowling green are here sharing meditates a permanent green now and then was opened in 1902 during the course the 1906 san francisco earthquake that citywide much the city the greens were left that with an ellen surface and not readers necessarily 1911 it had the blowing e bowling that was formed in 1912 the parks commission paid laying down down green number 2 the san francisco
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even in lawn bowling. >> play ball. >> yes. >> almost. >> (clapping). >> the size of tennis ball the object of the game our control to so when the players on both sides are bold at any rate the complete ends you do do scoring it is you'll get within point lead for this bonus first of all, a jack can be moved and a or picked up to some other point
or move the jack with i have a goal behind the just a second a lot of elements to the game. >> we're about a yard long. >> aim a were not player i'll play any weighed see on the inside in the goal is a minimum the latter side will make that arc in i'm right-hand side i play my for hand and to my left if i wanted to acre my respect i extend so it is arced to the right have to be able to pray both hands. >> (clapping.) who one. >> nice try and hi, i'm been play lawn bowling affair 10 years after he retired i needed something to do so i picked up this paper and in this paper i see in there play lawn bowling
in san francisco golden gate park ever since then i've been trying to bowl i enjoy bowling a very good support and good experience most of you have of of all love the people's and have a lot of have a lot of few minutes in mr. mayor the san francisco play lawn bowling is in golden gate park we're sharing meadow for more information about the club including free lessons log >> once i got the hang of it a little bit, you know, like the first time, i never left the court. i just fell in love with it and any opportunity i had to get out there, you know, they didn't have to ask twice.
you can always find me on the court. [♪♪♪] >> we have been able to participate in 12 athletics wheelchairs. they provide what is an expensive tool to facilitate basketball specifically. behind me are the amazing golden state road warriors, which are one of the most competitive adaptive basketball teams in the state led by its captain, chuck hill, who was a national paralympic and, and is now an assistant coach on the national big team. >> it is great to have this opportunity here in san francisco. we are the main hub of the bay area, which, you know, we should
definitely have resources here. now that that is happening, you know, i i'm looking forward to that growing and spreading and helping spread the word that needs -- that these people are here for everyone. i think it is important for people with disabilities, as well as able-bodied, to be able to see and to try different sports, and to appreciate trying different things. >> people can come and check out this chairs and use them. but then also friday evening, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., it will be wheelchair basketball we will make sure it is available, and that way people can no that people will be coming to play at the same time. >> we offer a wide variety of adaptive and inclusion programming, but this is the first time we have had our own equipment. [♪♪♪]
>> my name is sylvia and i'm the owner of the mexican bistro. we have been in business for 18 years and we first opened on garry street in san francisco, and now we are located in a beautiful historic building. and we are part of the historical building founded in 1776. at the same time as the mission delores in san francisco.
(♪♪) our specialty food is food from central mexico. it's a high-end mexican food based on quality and fresh ingredients. we have an amazing chef from yucatán and we specialize on molotov, that are made with pumpkin seeds. and we're also known for handmade tortillas and we make our own fresh salsa. and we have cocktails, and we have many in the bar. we have specialty drinks and they are very flavorrable and very authentic. some of them are spicy, some are sour, but, again, we offer high-quality ingredients on our drinks as well.
(♪♪) we have been in san francisco for 27 years, and our hearts are here. we are from mexico, but after 27 years, we feel part of the community of san francisco. it is very important for us to be the change, the positive change that is happening in san francisco. the presidio in particular, they're doing great efforts to bring back san francisco, what it was. a lot of tourism and a lot of new restaurants and the new companies. san francisco is international and has a lot of potential. (♪♪) so you want to try authentic mexican food and i invite you to come to our bistro located on 50 moroo avenue in presidio. and i'll wait here with my open
>> my name is andrea, i work as a coordinator for the city attorney's office in san francisco. a lot of it is working with the public and trying to address their public records request and trying to get the information for their office. i double majored in political science and always tried to combine both of those majors. i ended up doing a combination of doing a lot of communication for government. i thought it would connect both of my studies and what was i was interested in and show case some of the work that government is doing. >> i work for the transportation agency known as muni and i'm a senior
work supervisor. >> i first started as a non-profit and came to san francisco and started to work and i realized i needed to work with people. this opportunity came up by way of an executive fellowship. they had a program at mta to work in workforce development type project and i definitely jumped on that. i didn't know this was something that i wanted to do. all i knew is that i wanted to help people and i wanted to empower others. >> the environment that i grew up that a lot of women were just stay-at-home moms. it wasn't that they didn't have work, but it was cheaper to stay home and watch the kids instead of paying pricey day care centers. >> my mom came from el salvador
during the civil war. she worked very hard. when she came here and limited in english, she had to do a service job. when i was born and she had other kids, it was difficult for her to work because it was more expensive for her to be able to continue to work in a job that didn't pay well instead of staying at home and being able to take care of us. >> there isn't much support or advocacy for black women to come in and help them do their jobs. there also aren't very many role models and it can be very intimidating and sometimes you feel uncomfortable and unsure of yourself and those are the reasons exactly why you need to do it. when i first had the opportunity, i thought that's not for me. my previous role was a project manager
for a biotech start up. i thought how do i go from technology to working in government. thinking i didn't know about my skills, how am i going to fit in and doing that kind of work. thinking you have to know everything is not what people expect have you, but they expect you to ask questions when you don't know and that's important. >> my mom was diagnosed with cancer. that was really difficult. she encouraged me to go to school because in case anything happened i would be able to protect myself. i wanted to be in oncology. i thought going to school it would set me for the trajectory and prepare me for my life. >> we need the hardships to some of the things that are going to ultimately be your strength in the future. there is no way to map that out
and no way to tell those things. you have to do things on your own and you have to experience and figure out life. >> you don't have to know what you are going to do for the rest of your life when you are in college or high school because there are so many things to do. i would encourage you to try to do everything that you are remotely interested. it's the best time to do it. being a young woman with so many opportunities, just go for it and try everything. i worked on the it for 16+
years and i workeded an endless cycle of people going to the emergency room. i wanted to address those unmet needs. i have a satisfaction when we make a real difference in our clients' lives. we were getting people housed, connecting them to treatment, and seeing them through sobriety. don't be afraid of failure. i have failed at things in my career and they are opportunities to continue on. it's important for women and women and people of color to see representation matters. when i first started my career 25 years ago, there were not that many other women. so it is amazing to respond to meetings and go to meetings and see other female leaders and learn from each other. this career is my dream job from working on
[ indiscernible ] to being the chief and overseeing a division. it's been challenging and rewarding and inspiring. >> how i really started my advocacy was through my own personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans, you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in the hopes of finding a safer
community. >> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your help. my leadership here at the office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month.
>> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value
and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that
are still taking place. we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say
something about clair farley. she has really inspired me. i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do. i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this effort. she made a $2.3 million investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three.
[applause] >> even in those moments when i do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone. surely be patient with yourself and your dream. knowing that love, you may not always feel that from your family around you, but you can
>> working with kids, they keep you young. they keep you on your tones -- on your toes. >> teaching them, at the same time, us learning from them, everything is fulfilling. >> ready? go. [♪♪♪] >> we really wanted to find a way to support women entrepreneurs in particular in san francisco. it was very important for the mayor, as well as the safety support the dreams that people
want to realize, and provide them with an opportunity to receive funding to support improvements for their business so they could grow and thrive in their neighborhoods and in their industry. >> three, two, one! >> because i am one of the consultants for two nonprofits here for entrepreneurship, i knew about the grand through the renaissance entrepreneur center, and through the small business development center. i thought they were going to be perfect candidate because of their strong values in the community. they really give back to the neighborhood. they are from this neighborhood, and they care about the kids in the community here. >> when molly -- molly first told us about the grant because she works with small businesses. she has been a tremendous help for us here. she brought us to the attention of the grand just because a lot of things here were outdated, and need to be up-to-date and redone totally.
>> hands in front. recite the creed. >> my oldest is jt, he is seven, and my youngest is ryan, he is almost six. it instills discipline and the boys, but they show a lot of care. we think it is great. the moves are fantastic. the women both are great teachers. >> what is the next one? >> my son goes to fd k. he has been attending for about two years now. they also have a summer program, and last summer was our first year participating in it. they took the kids everywhere around san francisco. this year, owner talking about placing them in summer camps, all he wanted to do was spend the entire summer with them. >> he has strong women in his life, so he really appreciates it. i think that carries through and i appreciate the fact that there are more strong women in the world like that.
>> i met d'andrea 25 years ago, and we met through our interest in karate. our professor started on cortland years ago, so we grew up here at this location, we out -- he outgrew the space and he moved ten years later. he decided to reopen this location after he moved. initially, i came back to say, hey, because it might have been 15 years since i even put on a uniform. my business partner was here basically by herself, and the person she was supposed to run the studio with said great, you are here, i started new -- nursing school so you can take over. and she said wait, that is not what i am here for i was by myself before -- for a month before she came through. she was technically here as a secretary, but we insisted, just put on the uniform, and help her
teach. i was struggling a little bit. and she has been here. one thing led to another and now we are co-owners. you think a lot more about safety after having children and i wanted to not live in fear so much, and so i just took advantage of the opportunity, and i found it very powerful to hit something, to get some relief, but also having the knowledge one you might be in a situation of how to take care of yourself. >> the self-defence class is a new thing that we are doing. we started with a group of women last year as a trial run to see how it felt. there's a difference between self-defence and doing a karate class. we didn't want them to do an actual karate class. we wanted to learn the fundamentals of how to defend yourself versus, you know, going through all the forms and techniques that we teaching a karate class and how to break
that down. then i was approached by my old high school. one -- once a semester, the kids get to pick an extra curricular activity to take outside of the school walls. my old biology teacher is now the principle. she approached us into doing a self-defence class. the girls have been really proactive and really sweet. they step out of of the comfort zone, but they have been willing to step out and that hasn't been any pushback. it is really great. >> it is respect. you have to learn it. when we first came in, they knew us as those girls. they didn't know who we were. finally, we came enough for them to realize, okay, they are in the business now. it took a while for us to gain that respect from our peers, our male peers. >> since receiving the grant, it has ignited us even more, and put a fire underneath our butts even more. >> we were doing our summer camp and we are in a movie theatre, and we just finished watching a
film and she stepped out to receive a phone call. she came in and she screamed, hey, we got the grant. and i said what? >> martial arts is a passion for us. it is passion driven. there are days where we are dead tired and the kids come and they have the biggest smiles on their faces and it is contagious. >> we have been operating this program for a little over a year all women entrepreneurs. it is an extraordinary benefit for us. we have had the mayor's office investing in our program so we can continue doing this work. it has been so impactful across a diversity of communities throughout the city. >> we hope that we are making some type of impact in these kids' lives outside of just learning karate. having self-confidence, having discipline, learning to know when it's okay to stand up for yourself versus you just being a bully in school. these are the values we want the kids to take away from this.
not just, i learned how to kick and i learned how to punch. we want the kids to have more values when they walk outside of these doors. [♪♪♪] there's so much involved with becoming a firefighter. and as a component of being a woman in the field, it takes a lot of perception. it takes belief in yourself. it takes asking the right questions of people who already have the job so that you have the confidence to build it and it takes someone telling you that this job is a possibility for you. my job has given me 25 years of satisfaction. the primary thing is that i grew up here in san francisco and i'm serving in the city where i grew up. i transitioned to community training and i was able to build disaster resilient padre
of volunteers and bringing us all the latest information so that we can be ready for a disaster. pride and loyalty are the heart of a firefighter. it's in the way we do our job from the very smallest thing from our everyday checks we do of our equipment. from the way that we treat each other and the community we come in contact with every day. and loyalty is to our own families is to the pride we have in this department. it's to the other members when we're out in a dangerous situation keeping each other safe. it goes throughout every aspect of being a firefighter. i'm really proud of the way our department approaches diversity, equity, and inclusion. i was hired in a class that had 45 people and 17 women. it was an accomplishment at the time, but there were many women that came before me that laid the ground work and i had to see it to be it. someone had to recruit me into this job. i didn't know it was a possibility for myself. and so the importance of young women seeing what it takes to
be a firefighter, seeing themselves when they look at me. it really brings myself a lot >> i'm rebecca and i'm a violinist and violin teacher. i was born here in san francisco to a family of cellists, professional cellists, so i grew up surrounded by a bunch of musical rehearsals an lessons. all types of activities happened in my house. i began playing piano when i was 4. i really enjoyed musical
activities in general. so when i was 10, i began studying violin in san francisco. and from there, i pretty much never stopped and went on to study in college as well. that's the only thing i've ever known is to have music playing all the time, whether it is someone actually playing next to you or someone listening to a recording. i think that i actually originally wanted to play flute and we didn't have a flute. it's always been a way of life. i didn't know that it could be any other way. >> could you give me an e over here. great. when you teach and you're seeing a student who has a problem, you have to think on your feet to solve that problem. and that same kind of of thinking that you do to fix it applies to your own practice as well. so if i'm teaching a student and they are having a hard time
getting a certain note, they can't find the right note. and i have to think of a digestible way to explain it to them. ee, d, d, e. >> yes. then, when i go on to do my own practice for a performance, those words are echoing back in my head. okay. why am i missing this? i just told somebody that they needed to do this. maybe i should try the same thing. i feel a lot of pressure when i'm teaching young kids. you might think that there is less pressure if they are going on to study music or in college that it is more relaxing. i actually find that the opposite is true. if i know i'm sending a high school student to some great music program, they're going to get so much more instruction. what i have told them is only the beginning. if i am teaching a student who i
know is going to completely change gears when they go to college and they never will pick up a violin again there is so much that i need to tell them. in plain violin, it is so difficult. there is so much more information to give. every day i think, oh, my gosh. i haven't gotten to this technique or we haven't studies they meese and they have so much more to do. we only have 45 minutes a week. i have taught a few students in some capacity who has gone on to study music. that feels anaysing. >> it is incredible to watch how they grow. somebody can make amazing project from you know, age 15 to 17 if they put their mind to it. >> i think i have 18 students now. these more than i've had in the
past. i'm hoping to build up more of a studio. there will be a pee ono, lots of bookshelves and lots of great music. the students will come to my house and take their lessons there. my schedule changes a lot on a day-to-day basis and that kind of keeps it exciting. think that music is just my favorite thing that there is, whether it's listening to it or playing it or teaching it. all that really matters to me is that i'm surrounded by the sounds, so i'm going top keep doing what i'm doing to keep my life in that direction.
>> you are watching san francisco rising. a special guest today. >> i am chris and you are watching san francisco rising. focused on rebuilding and reimagining our city. our guest is the director of financial justice in the san francisco office of treasure to talk about how the city has taken a national lead in this effort and how the program is comlishing the goals. welcome to the show. >> thanks so much for having me. >> thank you for being here. can we start by talking about the financial justice project in a broad sense. when did the initiative start and what is the intent? >> sure. it launched in 2016. since then we take a hard look at fines, fees, tickets, financial penalties hitting people with low incomes and especially people of color really hard.
it is our job to assess and reform these fines and fees. >> do you have any comments for people financially stressed? >> yes. the financial justice project was started in response pop community outcry about the heavy toll of fines and fees. when people struggling face an unexpected penalty beyond ability to pay they face a bigger punishment than originally intended. a spiral of consequences set in. a small problem grows bigger. for example the traffic ticket this is california are hundreds of dollars, most expensive in the nation. a few years back we heard tens of thousands in san francisco had driver's licenses suspended not for dangerous driving but because they couldn't afford to pay traffic tickets or miss
traffic court date. if they lose the license they have a hard time keeping their job and lose it. that is confirmed by research. we make it much harder for people to pay or meet financial obligations. it is way too extreme of penalty for the crime of not being able to pay. we were also hearing about thousands of people who were getting cars towed. they couldn't pay $500 to get them back and were losing their cars. at the time we hand people a bill when they got out of jail to pay thousands in fees we charged up to $35 per day to rent electronic ankle monitor, $1,800 upfront to pay for three years of monthly $50 probation fees. people getting out of jail can't pay these. they need to get back on their
feet. we weren't collecting much on them. it wasn't clear what we were accomplishing other than a world of pain on people. we were charging mothers and grandmothers hundreds of dollars in phone call fee to accept calls from the san francisco jail. we heard from black and brown women struggling to make terrible choices do. i pay rent or accept this call from my incarcerated son. the list goes on and on. so much of this looked like lose-lose for government and people. these penalties were high pain, hitting people hard, low gain. not bringing in much revenue. there had to be a better way. >> it is important not to punish people financially there. are issues to address. >> sure. there are three core principles that drive our work. first, we believe we should be
able to hold people accountable without putting them in financial distress. second you should not pay a bigger penalty because your wallet is thinner. $300 hits doctors and daycare workers differently. they can get in a tailspin, they lose the license. we dig them in a hole they can't get out of. these need to be proportioned to people's incomes. third. we should not balance the budget on the backs of the poorest people in the city. >> financial justice project was launched in 2016. can you talk about the accomplishments? >> sure sometimes it is to base a fine on the ability to pay. consequences proportional to the offense and the person.
other times if the fee's job is to recoupe costs primarily on low-income people. we recommend elimination. other times we recommend a different accountability that does not require a money payment. here are a few examples. we have implemented many sliding scale discounts for low-income people who get towed or have parking tickets they cannot afford. you pay a penalty according to income. people with low incomes pay less. we also became the first city in the nation to stop suspending people's licenses when they could not pay traffic tickets. we focused on ways to make it easier for people to pay through payment plans, sliding discounts and eliminating add on fees to jack up prices of tickets. this reform is the law of the land in california. it has spread to 23 other
states. we also stopped handing people a bill when they get out of jail and eliminated fees charged to people in criminal justice system. they have been punished in a lot of ways. gone to jail, under supervision, the collection rate on the fees was so low we weren't bringing in much revenue. the probation fee collection rate was 9%. this reform has become law from california and is spreading to other states. we made all calls from jail free. the more incarcerated people are in touch with families the better they do when they get out. it was penny wise and pound foolish. now phone calls are free. incarcerated people spend 80% more time in touch where families. that means they will do better when they get out.
we eliminated fines for overdue library books. research shows were locking low income and people of color out of libraries. there are better ways to get people to return books, e-mail reminders or automatically renew if there is no one in line for it. this has spread to other cities that eliminated overdue library fines. these hold people accountable but not in financial distress can work better for government. local government can spend more to collect the fees than they bring in. when you proportion the fine with income they pay more readily. this impact can go down and revenues can go up. >> i know there is an initial group that joined the project. they had a boot camp to introduce the program to large
audience. is this gaining traction across the country? >> yes 10 cities were selected to launch the fines for fee justice. they adopted various reforms like we did in san francisco. as you mentioned we just hosted a boot camp in phoenix, arizona. teams of judges and mayors came from 50 cities to learn how to implement reforms like we have in san francisco. there is a growing realization the penalties are blunt instruments with all kinds of unintended consequences. it is the job of every public servant to find a better way. governance should equalize opportunity not drive inequality. >> quite right. thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming on the show. thank you for your time today. >> thank you, chris. >> that is it for this episode.