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25, 2022 the time is 5. . 01. this neating will be in person as authorized by california gentleman code section 54953e and mayor reed 45th supplement to her february 25, emergency proclamation. it is possible that some members of the fire commission may attend remote. those members will participate in vote by video. members miattend the meeting to observe and provide public comment at the physical meeting location at city hall in room 400 or online at the meeting
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minutes to provide comment unless the president of the commission decided to reduce the time depending on the number of callers. ensure you near a quiet location. speak clearly and turn off tv's or radios around you. item 1. roll call. president upon feinstein. >> vice president nakajo. >> present. >> commissioner morgan. >> present. american frazier. >> present. >> and chief nicholson. >> present. >> item 2. the president will read aloud the land acknowledgment. san francisco fire commission acknowledges that we are on the unseated home land of the
ramaytush ohlone who are the original inhab tanlts of the san francisco pep anyone sla. as the indigenous stewards of this land, and accordance with traditions the ramaytush ohlone have never seated, lost nor forgotten their responsibilities as the care takers of this place. as well as for people who reside in their traditional territory. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional home land. we wish to pay respects acknowledging the ancestors, elders and irrelevant tifs of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. thank you. will itemly. public comment. members may address the commission up to 3 minutes in
the jurisdiction that is not on the agenda of speakers address to the commission as a whole and not individuals or department personnel. commissioners are not to enter in debate or discussion. the lack of a response does not necessarily institute agreement with or support am statements made during public comment. . anybody wish to make public comment. >> caller would you like to comment? >> coalition for san francisco neighborhoods speaking on my behalf. regarding the emergency firefighter water system. in 1984 then the mayor feinstein expanding the dedicated high pressure high volume emergency
firefighting water system this is the same that was brought in service on the east side in 1913. was maintained by the firefighter with engine ooerg by dpw. those lines changeod may 10, 2010. as a mech simple to billions the budget during a recession then mayor transferred to the puc. this transfer has has been framed by the puc as a move to the puc because of the engineering skills. this is a misstatement. puc is now upon unlegaling to dedicate but is promoting potable water this is a mechanism to replace water mains even though this is inconsistent with prop 218.
there is now community advocacy to transfer from the puc to the city add administrator as dpw also reports to the city add administrator. the board of spierzs rules committee the add administrator. puc commission and the city attorney are all aware of this advocacy. thank you. >> thank you that is it for public comment. >> public comment shall be closed. >> next item. >> item 4. presentation from the san francisco fire department, fire auxiliary reserves. s president feinstein and vice president nakajo and chief, commissioners. i'm buck low the commander of
the san francisco awkilary fireplace lefshs this is department pennia an administrative commander in the fire reserves we came here to familiarize yourself with our operations and regards to the fire department. i gave all of you guys a booklet we made up for the anniversary to just a quick history of the fire reserves we are established in 1941. during world war ii to supplement the fire department. and as a model after what was going on in europe with the blitz and so we would offer support to the fire department. through world war ii, it was at this time there was about 10,000 members. and 10 battalions portable -- water systems that would go out
and they would drill -- once a week in the battalions and after world war ii, it was disbanded somewhat. it came back in full force during the cold war. and it was reestablished then in the 50th and 60s. and after that, died down a bit. we were kiejd of -- where we are today as a supplemental support unit for the department. as 2 -- help out in greater alarms natural disasters. and things of that nature. that's when we have been doing since. we train every thursday night for 2 hours now we have been training at treasure i lands. we go back and fourth with treasure island and folsom street. there are currently 16 senior
members and 2 on leave. we hired 24 new members that started the academy last week. they will go through a 20 week academy trained on the different equipment that the fire department uses. ladders, hoses. fittings. uba's and then after they graduate they will be able to respond to greater alarms and -- that's it. if you want we can have them stands up and introduce themselves. if that is appropriate or not. if you need to ask any questions i'm happy to answer questions. these are drafts we have as far as what our training hours hour. how many greater alarms in the past year. volunteer hours. we do a lot of community volunteering with the department and other organizations. you know see a lot of people
come and ask us if we help out with different events they hold throughout the city. not just with the fire department. there is -- commissioner helped out with a couple things with the cherry blossom festival and american heart association done things for them with cpr and different organizations throughout the city. habitat for humanity. a few things with them and we actually -- been sort of a feeder system for the department. a lot of members go on to join the fire department there is a list of the members that have been hire in the 2 years. we sent members to -- al med a san fastiel, seattle. vallejo. we have members in l.a., members in -- there was a reservist who went and working in austin,
texas now. one in fair banks, alaska we are all over the place. like my presentation. >> [laughter]. >> thank you very, very much. i just want to exercise my prerogative here to say that i really appreciated receiving your fag magazine and i read it cover to cover. tell taught me a lot about the history of the department. upon and the really significant contributions. reserves. i think you are being humble in neglecting to mention that all the reserves are volunteers. and -- they put in tremendous hours doing tremendous work and -- and -- do receive the training that hopefully allows
them to qualify for the san francisco fire academy. it was touching and also very educational to read this. and i thank you for providing it to us. and also for take the time to come and make your presentation to us. because -- were sometimes we are not as appreciative as i think we want to be. and -- every person that's sitting behind you as well as yourself, needs to know that you are a tremendous asset to the city of san francisco and to the san francisco fire department. so i hope you accept our thanks. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> we have a hor video if you like to see it about the training the previous class went through in their academy. it is 7 minutes.
that was a great video that was air great video unless my fellow commissioners have questions or comments i think it would be lovely to have the reserves behind you stands up and introduce themselves so we know their names and that would be great. you are doing magnificent work were wonderful. >> thank you. >> vice president nakajo. thank you very much. madam president. tonight is special because joining us live is the president of the commission. with our brand-new commissioner frazier. upon commissioner morgan, myself and chief department of department in command. i'm the one that called for the
reserves to give an update i wanted to share the information and it present now we have a new commissioner as limp i also have general questions and i like to hear a comment in i bit but your coordination of 20 weeks is that the training time? commander? buckley? >> yes. we break it down to the first -- 4 weeks is booked learning it is so now we will go over we are going over ics next week is -- water supply? ics, water supply and building construction and fire behavior and then the field work where they learn about the tool and apparatus with the fire department. >> i saw a slide of graduation. at the concollusion of the course well is a
customerification or graduation in the fire reserves? >> correct. >> how dot members know when there is i thirds alarm >> we get texts. once they graduate they will be put in the system phone numbers and their providers put in the system and every time a third alarm or we get texted on second alarms and respond on third alarms. >> in terms of the numbers throughout the senior members the 16, those 16 can responded to a third alarm or greater. >> correct. how do you know who they are? coordination of them or do they just report on the scene and then the command level there the chief will point at you. but i'm curious as to how do they fit in there i know they
get in i want to know. >> we are instructed meet up at the mobile air. mobile air will respond on a second alarm. and we usually will meet up there and the senior member will go to the command and find out what if there is anything that needs to be done immediately or you know if there is a priority on what to do. usually we start out by changing out bottle as firefighters come out of the buildings. get the bottles changed and back in to service as the as far as going in the building. helping out the person that mobile air filling the bottles and distribute them and as things progress, we will set up like -- will rehab stations. bring water to different locations when they come out they get water and take a
breather and -- then it dependses what is going on with the fire. as to what our duties will be. >> okay. >> we have done everything from move clothes around on the pier fire deployed the 5 inch portable water hose. we move ladders and hose and gassed up vehicles. they have been out there for i long time. done overhaul. what needs to be done. >> i appreciate that the commissioners but -- it it is -- it is very important for us to hear had they do out there. of and the cordination of that. chief, if you wanted to comment on that or whatever but for me we have to commission a trog prerogative to go to the alarms
as a point of experience we try not to get in the way we look for the command force in helmets and coats and see that is going on there and get an idea it is a coordinated through. >> thank you. chief. society fire reserve plays a huge role i seen them instrumental with large fires. i remember a lot of fires south of market where things were growing at a great rate and trying to transfer from offensive to defensive attacks and get water supplies. and a lot of times we deal with long leads. great for getting likes and valveos high pressure and get hem reed. helping to get water supplies
for ladder and those types of things. what happens we deploy the crews approximate an engine shoes up and you have a driver outside and 3 firefighters upon engaged and we need to get things done and you don't have the firefighters. when the reserves show up they are super helpful in the outside portion of getting water supplies. throwing ladders. assisting request moving hose lines to get different apparatus in place and then obviously, you know as the intanses -- progress on. changing bottles for people coming out of the building. and you know we have seen pictures looks like miles of pagety and the firefighterers beat up after hours of this and they are super helpful with us
and bleeding out hose and getting the rigs back in service that is the day it day and the routine but when they will be valuable is when an earthquake happens or a large sdaft and we stripped the resource of the city and have a pool of people here and familiar with operations or equipment and step up and assist us -- with the immediate needs we get additional people coming become to august wham we have. they are an integral part. >> i appreciate that. i appreciate the information that comesace well. over the years i went through a high rise and wonder how did than i get up well and the most important part when is they say they resealed the bottles how the members breathe. these are all things we learn. thank you very much. >> you mentioned high rise. we may have a fire on the 35th
floor of the building president hazzard is in that fire area. we can't have 100 firefighters you knowingum and down 35 flights of stairs. there is a huge need and that is where they will play a huge role. we have a -- source of labor there that can help us get that equipment the supplies so the firefighters can focus on the interior on the environment. they are a big part. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i know i will just do more i want to take advantageful i'm okay with you, chief. i wanted to tell the chief and commander penia if there is something you would like to reiterate. i'm anxious to heart cadets behind you. within this course of the auxiliary, they are volunteers. when you say greater alarm response when there is a greater
alarm or response. so the members of the auxiliary respond on their own if they wish to? commander? >> yes. i encourage it. as chief said tr are miles of hose and there has been occasion when is there has been one or two of us out there and it is like calling people because we are not getting this done by ourselves. usually we will get goods turn outs average 6 to 8 people at a fire. will the more people that show up the faster things get done and the easier it is for everyone. >> flags reflect that in the greater alarms with the turn out. the san francisco fire reserves with the helmet difference. i appreciate it and thank you very much.
>> thank you. born in san francisco. reserves for a year and a half. been to 2 of the 4, 3 alarm fires and i would not exchange any of this experience for anything. being able to seat city in a different way not a lot of public people will ever see. and -- i don't mind it at all because of the amount of experience. thank you. >> thank you. >> i'm alex born and raised in san francisco. i have been volunteering with organizations for most of my life and i have become a member
of the san front fire reserves. i'm grateful of the opportunity of volunteering and serving. thank you. >> thank you. sfgov.org can't hear the members is there a way they can come up to the speaker? you can lineup. >> good afternoon am i'm kristin, a new reservist. i'm from santa clara. have been in san front for 10 year. i work in stan ford in athletics. this it is a great group and good operation, thank you. >> good afternoon i'm eric westerman born and raised in south san francisco. went to the university of oregon with a business degree in the
corporate world and transitioned to ems work as an emt in san francisco and excited to help the city out as much as i can. >> hello. good evening i'm john strickland from hawaii. living in beautiful san francisco for 14 years and graduated from city college and i'm excited volunteer with the reserves. >> good afternoon i'm bradley henderson. born and raised here in san francisco. grew up in noe valley district. i finished internship at station 11. it was amazing experience and after watching that video it so inspiring and very appreciative to be here and help out every way i can. >> thank you. >> hello i'm pierce kavanaugh,
thank you, i was born in san francisco in the panhandle and i'm excited to be starting with the fire reserves and helping out. >> thank you. >> i'm paul [inaudible] i'm a software engineer living in san francisco for sick years this is a great opportunity for mow to give back to the city and i'm glad that i have it, so i hope to help out soon. >> thank you. >> hello. good afternoon i'm joshua. from san francisco. i'm a social worker for san francisco county during the day and as a reservist, thank you for having me. >> hello i'm marty smith born in san francisco. now moved back to marin.
by day i do software sales and have been in reserves over a year and a half. a wonderful experience and appreciate you letting us share more about us. >> thank you. . >> hello will i'm francis adams live in potrero hill. been with mart and he josh as long as they have. good afternoon i'm skyler gusman in active reserves for 5 years since 2017. my rank is cap able an awe some opportunity to learn and teach the ways and materials of the san francisco fire department uses. >> thank you. >> good afternoon i'm brandon from southern california. and i lived in the mission in the city for the last 6 years
and completing internship at station 39 in the paramedic program and i love the opportunity to learn and give back. >> thank you. >> hello i'm fazil sa dick born in general hospital grew up in eccellsior district. i like to thank everyone in front of me and everybody behind me this is a serious and important opportunity that we have to sum element the san francisco fire department. and i think that thank you very much organization that we have is important for us to be successful we need to be organized, on time and hold each other accountable and meet the standards that -- the department has. exit like to thank department
buck low and deputy commander for pick the people that we have on the team of we only have been here for 3 weeks but all of my team members have high integrity. great character. which makes this whole thing fun and easy to go through. thank you. >> i must comment this gentlemen was sitting out on the bench because he arrived an hour early. which is great fire department promptness. i want to give you a slight shout out for that. and being patient with us. thank you. >> i appreciate that. >> hello, everyone i'm louie sanchez i'm from san jose moved here sick years ago to study sociology and transitioned to
fire science. i drive a school bus in the city. i look forward to this new academy for the 22 reserve and get familiar with the appliances and wooden ladders and -- happy to be here and have this opportunity to give back to the community that has been great to me. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. i'm edward hughes i grew up in san francisco castro district. city college graduate and work as an emt in the city and excited for this opportunity and can't wait to learn and give back to the city. thank you. >> thank you. i robbery with the reserves for a year. along with the others.
i love today and made friends. learned a lot. grateful to put my hands on the equipment and know the specialized equipment of san francisco. myself along with others have in this group they probably didn't mention they gone through academies already they know than i want to be helping. i was a teacher emt and now the department of public health. and thank you. >> thank you. this is an inspirational way to start our meeting and i really have so much respect and for each one of you. that you know living your day life and then giving of your time to the department and the city is just really very, very inspiring, so, know that the heart that the thanks are heart felt and i know i speak for
everybody here both in terms of the commissioners and members of the department the command staff. thank you for your service. best of luck to all of you. >> hand raise lead is a caller on the public comment line. they don't have their hand raised and i can't unmute them. there is no public comment. go to the next. why yes. >> all right. public comment is closed on this
matter. thank you. >> item 5. >> chief of department's report. from chief of department nicholson on current issues, activities and events in the department since the meeting on may 11, 2022 including budget, academies, special events. communications and out reach to government agencies and the public. and report from administration chief oshg connor on fleet and facility updates. finance other support services and home land security.connor o facility updates. finance other support services and home land security.connor o facility updates. finance other support services and home land security.oconnor facility updates. finance other support services and home land security.'connor facility updates. finance other support services and home land security. greetings i like to give thanks to the fire reserves as well. for each and every one of you. i appreciate you. and i know the department does as well and thank you for taking time out of your life tonight as
well to -- come say hello to us. and thanks to commander buck low and penia for your diligent work. this does not happen without you. thank you very much. >> i would like to give a warm welcome to our new commissioner phasier, welcome to the team we are here to support you. and look forward to working with you. thank you. now on to my report from our last meeting. had an up tick in covid. 38 members are out with corid and 7 out on longer term leave. you know unofficial, there is anup tick the good nows is we have not seen the members upon hospitalized. this go around. so -- that's the good news in terms of the vaccines working.
last week, we had an h3 level one, emt -- graduation. 25 members. they started in the field this weekend. so -- really good news. i know that00 autotraining division and ems is working hard to get the people through the academies. and -- so strong work, everyone. and in addition it was ems week. last week and there were awards given out and yesterday00 autoboard of supervisors acknowledged several members. jennifer for the salem and matt ferris for the different things they have done on and off duty. and it was just really nice for them to be acknowledged by the board of soops.
now some more good news. since or last of meeting the city is now the proud owner of the 4 and a half 80 are site on carol avenue. for to be part of our training center. we closed our deal with the private company, last week. and now for the other peeves property that is adjacent to it that will also be part of the training facility, that bill -- in the assembly passed this week or last. passed unanimously and went to the senate. so -- i am -- grateful for that -- progress and -- i think we have a good chance of getting it signed off by the governor by september.
and upon -- and -- you know that would pretty much put us getting the property the end of the year. work to do but unanimously voted out of the assembly and gone to the senate. that is great news for us. and thanks to everyone that is working hard on getting that done. . it has been truly a team effort in the department. and a critical piece of infrastructure for us. last week -- chief tang community paramedic and fire marshall attended a public meeting the request of supervisor ronnin to address issues in the mission area of the city. he is the supervisor there. it was well attendd and the chief and fire marshall represented us well in terms of -- you know questions that
were asked. on -- on our behalf. thank you for that. in addition i traveled to sacramento last week. i was on a panel at a women's leadership difference. the team was mental health and -- and i was on the opinion with several psychologist and also a lobbyist. that was interesting and it was really nice to interact with so many women lead ands talk about mental health it is huge for us in the fire and em circumstance service. and final low we continue to work with the mayor's budget office. sxf hopeful low the next meeting we should know what the details of the budget be and will be able to report that out. and -- that completes my report approximate happy to take
questions. >> thank you, thank you very much, chief. any public comment? public comment will be closed. my fellow commissioners. questions for the chief? hi. chief. i want to apologize last time i checked in with you i didn't realize i did have a question for you that later i realized i did. and going through the materials may be we can talk about it off line again but -- the topic that the -- um -- chief peoples
brought up about the document? the diversity, equity competence inclusion document. is there such a document or talk about that. i'm happy to speak to it. yes. absolutely. so -- yea. he was incorrect in stating the racial equity action plan had not been submitted. it had been submitted and it is an actual document that we are required to submit. and we did that to the office of racial equity while he was out of the office, we took that over and -- completed that -- for him. yes, it has been completed and submitted. >> now is it tied in the budget as well? >> so -- all of my assistant chiefs and the chiefs from the
field will submit send documentation my way in terms of budget asks. and you know in the perfect world we get everything we want. but -- you know there are certainly challenges with the budget this year and while the department has a lot of need, you know we need to prioritize -- our front line operation s and just getting the daily work done. not everybody gets when they want in that budget. that's unfortunate but the reality of you know working for the city. so -- yes, i did receive the budget from him and as i did from all my other departments and assistant deputies we prioritize and speak with the mayor's budget office.
>> great. >> thank you for your answer. >> absolutely. >> happy to do so. >> no otheren questions -- from the commissioners. i wanted to clarify, when you were talking about the parcel for the fire training center, and i -- am familiar with the parcel and the issues associated with acquiring it in its entirety. when you are referring to the nonprolodgeis piece is that the piece that is owned by the port? >> yes. that is owned by the port. a pol joes and that's why that legislation has to go through. on the state level. because the state over access the port property. >> thank you. i wanted to be clear that the diagram i have seen before and have in my head that was the
piece you were referring to. congratulations. . that's a big win. >> yes. temperature is a good start and you know -- we will keep pushing on the port property and on the legislation and hopeful low we will have over 7 acres the end of the year. and the same vote in the state senate as in the assembly. >> thank you that is my only question. >> good evening. chief of department i'm tom oshg connor the chief of administration this my report for april 2022. assistant deputy chief conducted
our home land security control drill where we emulate an earthquake or sdaft and have our battalion control system go in where we divide the fire department to different battalion and each acts as itself own fire department. work with the incident management team and volunteers. we had our san francisco fire department exercise in santa rosa. i state office of emergency services drill conducting search and rescue around the state. emergency sponse time participated. we see pictures of them for disaster response and turning off a gas main and a neighborhood assessment this is part of the battalion control drill we sends members in the community to see where the
danger is in case communications are down we do a street survey and emergencies that may be arc rising. >> under our health, safety and wellness natasha parks. coffee with the clinician. our team offers an off campus approach where we have a certified clinician meet and we get the members off and nonduty come in and talk about concerns. engage with the professional in an off campus setting today we it in cafe gecko in north beach attended well by battalion 1. and health and safety chief in the wellness fair by the united service women and the san francisco health service system where we had i don't go it. sleep health and chair massages and a smoothy bicycle where you exercise and blends a smoothy
simultaneously. >> underoir physician's office the doctor and registered nurse we had 50 candidates cleared for the fire academy the h-2's. 35 cleared for our level one and 2 academy emt and paramedics. and we had 12 promotion in probation exams under covid the chief said we have 38 members not 28. it has gone up a bit out with covid but no one required hospitalizations. and in the process of scanning our medical records to digital to make more room in the office we have years of paper files. under our investigative service
[inaudible] we had a [inaudible] performed the result was negative. 3 members tested all were negative. 3 post accident alcohol approximate drug tests and all negative. 5 of our have been sent for recertification. this has been the delay with the return of them from the manufacturer. captain ato monitors the member's driver's license and updating track software and refresher class and conducting the background investigations for our new h-2 firefighter candidates. under support service the chief ramone we had 146 service requests submitted. 17 were [inaudible] and 95 of the service orderings were completed. graffiti removed by the painter and the completion certificate
for station 35 from the ambulance deployment. the contractors addressing 15 items. the parking garage, cam rap replacement and under ground irrigation like. best news the mobile air and 5 new engines distributed to the field. we have one more going out tomorrow. our host build continuous we look for an early fall deliver etch our turn out bid awarded all star fire equipment for our personal protection equipment. waiting for that bid we conducted a piggyback contact with los angeles we use their manufacturer to have our standards and measurement manslaughter to out fit the 129 and 130th academy class with the turn outs. chief and our station engineer they did a remodel of our former
station froin. that will be the new headquarter for paramedicine. i will show you next mont it looks terrific and proud mule home. under our feel good section of the report. the city and county chancellor's industry forum lieutenant anderson participated with the chancellor's foreup and requested he help us improving recruitment efforts and training and education programs. the team and truck 48 the spring fling wellness fair and members at the book shop in westportal. captain and her team and captain mike day foek poke about [inaudible] code joshua is a new program we started by -- joshua wanted a program to educate
first responders how to deal with someone with awe simple disorder. we are a nightmare we are about light come noise and commotion and scare those on the spectrum. it is a program that educates us how to respond to those who are autism we have a video clip from the interview. haa family registry simples families with register with first responders under code joshua deciding what information they want to include a picture and behaviors. for our his is the slapping of hands. or loud vocalization or plug his ears or might run away. >> not follow commands.
because he does not understand this j. if code joshua is put in motion the process will kick in observe the crews leave the station dispatch send the information to their computers. 911 emergency what are you reporting? >> my son republican, way from home and he is awe cystic and nonverbal. is he registered with code joshua. >> san francisco fireplace is interested in exploring code joshua. imagine they are in a fire building and we are trying to take them out of the building. >> they are on censory over load. when we responded it calls we come in with lights, sirens and wearing gloves that is overwhelming for those folks. education is everything.
>> that was a small clip. we look to create a training for members to show them thou how to respond and get this in the computer assisted dispatch system so we know where we're going and how to handle the patient most appropriate ly. we had the h3 level one academy. congratulations to our 25 new emt's. and we had our mission high fire and ems seniors and juniors progressed fire and ems for their senior year. went to i presentation where they did a demonstration of fire safety, preeng venz and ems techniques i can't see enough. it was eye open to see enthusiastic all the kids were and look forward to seeing them in the future as san francisco firefighters, paramedics and emt's. >> and honor eaches by the board of sprieshzs aa ip month for work and community out reach and
her career and chief nicholson spoke the award ceremony 4 of our members [inaudible]. were honored for tireless work made during and throughout our covid-19 response. that is my report for professional 2022. if you have questions i will be happy to answer. >> thank you. any public comment? >> nobody on the public comment line and i don't see beganeding up to make comment. why public comment will be closed. i will turn to my fellow commissioners. all right. i have one. of course. am may sound petty but it just concerns me a bit. i believe you indicated that
checking people's driver's licenses hu3 members who had suspended and worn had a revoked license. knowing a bit about how license come to be in that status what action do you take to either get them licenses back. or -- determine that it is appropriate for them to remain on duty given the status of their licenses? i know some people there is a driver and our low always the driver. i assume that is not one of these people. but still, our members should have valid california driver's licenses you never know. >> correct. each were and every case is
individual on itself. could be the variety of offense a missed court appearance by accident or a traffic infraction. each one is handled in an individual manner. through our investigative process and a personnel matter come to your attention if i can speak about it delicately. if there is an investigation concerning each and deal appropriately. >> good, it gets addressed. >> yes. i understand how the path way for each case may be different. that is good to know. that was my one question . otherwise, a really good and entering presentation. thank you. >> all right. item sick. prove of the minutes the discussion and possible action to approve the meeting minutes from the special meeting on march 30th, april fifth, april sickth, april 25th.
may fourth and the regular meeting on may 11th, 2022. >> do we have any public comment on the 6 sets of minutes?commen? caller would you like to comment on item 6. no public comment. all right. there does not appear to be public comment in the room. any questions or discussions from any of the commissioners on this 6 sets of minutes. >> yes. vice president nakajo, please. >> a point of clarification are we adopting the minutes individualally by the date.
>> no they can be adopted all together. >> yes. >> thank you. >> unless there is objections. do you have objection or comment about any of the particular sets of minutes? >> not at this time. i needed clarity in terms of action. >> thank you. >> all right. i move. >> all right. is there a second? >> i'm sorry -- i'm sorry. >> point of order -- my assumption is i was not here i will not vote on anything. >> abstain or not vote. >> anybody know? >> i believe we will not call upon you to vote. we have a quorum the 3 of us and we were at the meeting. thank you. >> i note that you recused yourself. >> i will note you recused yourself so it reflects in the minutes. >> all right. is there a second to the motion
to adopt the 6 meeting minutes. why a second. >> all right. >> thank you commissioner morgan. and president feinstein? adopt the minutes from each those meetings. motion is unanimous. item 7. public comment on item 8. public comment on all matters pertaining to item 8 including public comment on whether or not to hold ab, c, g, efg in closed session. why and is there a motion to hold these -- >> thank you. >> public comment. caller would you like to make public comment on item 8? nope. there is no public comment. all right. and i don't see anybody in the room indicating they wish to
make public comment on item 8. i'm going to move that we conduct items 8b, c, d, e, f and g and closed session. is there a second? second. all right. commissioner morgan seconds. and vice president nakajo? i vote, yes. aye to adopt. >> the motion is unanimous we gallon in keep are back in open session the time is 6:upon 27. item 9 action taken in closed
session. spes foiled in the california gentleman code section 54957. 1a and section 67.12b. >> good evening. commissioners there is nothing for the commission to report under this item. >> thank you. >> item 10. vote to elect whether to disclose any or all discussion in closed session spes foil in the san francisco code section 67.12 arc. >> is there a motion. >> make a motion we keep it in closed session. >> or not disclose. >> thank you. >> i vet not to disclose the motion is unanimous. item 11 adjournment. >> i like to make a motion to
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 >> he is a real leader that listens and knows how to bring people together. brought this department together like never before. i am so excited to be swearing in the next chief of the san francisco fire department, ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome, jeanine nicholson. (applause).
>> i grew up total tomboy, athlete. i loved a good crisis, a good challenge. i grew up across the street from the fire station. my dad used to take me there to vote. i never saw any female firefighters because there weren't any in the 1970s. i didn't know i could be a fire fighter. when i moved to san francisco in 1990, some things opened up. i saw women doing things they hadn't been doing when i was growing up. one thing was firefighting. a woman recruited me at the gay-pride parade in 1991. it was a perfect fit. i liked using my brain, body, working as a team, figuring things out, troubleshooting and coming up with different ways to
solve a problem. in terms of coming in after another female chief, i don't think anybody says that about men. you are coming in after another man, chief, what is that like. i understand why it is asked. it is unusual to have a woman in this position. i think san francisco is a trailblazer in that way in terms of showing the world what can happen and what other people who may not look like what you think the fire chief should look like how they can be successful. be asked me about being the first lbgq i have an understands because there are little queer kids that see me. i worked my way up. i came in january of 1994. i built relationships over the years, and i spent 24 years in
the field, as we call it. working out of firehouses. the fire department is a family. we live together, eat together, sleep in the same dorm together, go to crazy calls together, dangerous calls and we have to look out for one another. when i was burned in a fire years ago and i felt responsible, i felt awful. i didn't want to talk to any of my civilian friends. they couldn't understand what i was going through. the firefighters knew, they understood. they had been there. it is a different relationship. we have to rely on one another. in terms of me being the chief of the department, i am really trying to maintain an open relationship with all of our members in the field so myself and my deputy chiefs, one of the priorities i had was for each of us to go around to different
fire stations to make sure we hit all within the first three or four months to start a conversation. that hasn't been there for a while. part of the reason that i am getting along well with the field now is because i was there. i worked there. people know me and because i know what we need. i know what they need to be successful. >> i have known jeanine nicholson since we worked together at station 15. i have always held her in the highest regard. since she is the chief she has infused the department with optimism. she is easy to approach and is concerned with the firefighters and paramedics. i appreciate that she is concerned with the issues relevant to the fire department today. >> there is a retired captain who started the cancer
prevention foundation 10 years ago because he had cancer and he noticed fellow firefighters were getting cancer. he started looking into it. in 2012 i was diagnosed with breast canner, and some of my fellow firefighters noticed there are a lot of women in the san francisco fire department, premenopausal in their 40s getting breast cancer. it was a higher rate than the general population. we were working with workers comp to make it flow more easily for our members so they didn't have to worry about the paper work when they go through chemo. the turnout gear was covered with suit. it was a badge to have that all over your coat and face and helmet.
the dirtier you were the harder you worked. that is a cancer causeser. it -- casser. it is not -- cancer causer. there islassic everywhere. we had to reduce our exposure. we washed our gear more often, we didn't take gear where we were eating or sleeping. we started decontaminating ourselves at the fire scene after the fire was out. going back to the fire station and then taking a shower. i have taught, worked on the decontamination policy to be sure that gets through. it is not if or when. it is who is the next person. it is like a cancer sniper out there. who is going to get it next. one of the things i love about the fire department. it is always a team effort.
you are my family. i love the city and department and i love being of service. i vow to work hard -- to work hard to carry out the vision of the san francisco fire department and to move us forward in a positive way. if i were to give a little advice to women and queer kids, find people to support you. keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep trying. you never know what door is going to open next. you really don't. [cheers and
summer, and as we all know, the drought continues and huge shortages of water right now. i don't think you have to be an expert to see the impact. when people create greenhouse gases, we are doing so by different activities like burning fossil fuels and letting off carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and we also do this with food waste. when we waste solid food and leave it in the landfill, it puts methane gas into the atmosphere and that accelerates the rate at which we are warming our planet and makes all the effects of climate change worse. the good news is there are a lot of things that you can be doing, particularly composting and the added benefit is when the compost is actually applied to the soil, it has the ability to reverse climate change by pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil and the t radios. and there is huge amount of science that is breaking right now around that.
>> in the early 90s, san francisco hired some engineers to analyze the material san francisco was sending to landfill. they did a waste characterization study, and that showed that most of the material san francisco was sending to landfill could be composted. it was things like food scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells and sticks and leaves from gardening. together re-ecology in san francisco started this curbside composting program and we were the first city in the country to collect food scraps separately from other trash and turn them into compost. it turns out it was one of the best things we ever did. it kept 2.5 million tons of material out of the landfill, produced a beautiful nutrient rich compost that has gone on to hundreds of farms, orchards and vineyards. so in that way you can manage
your food scraps and produce far less methane. that is part of the solution. that gives people hope that we're doing something to slow down climate change. >> i have been into organic farming my whole life. when we started planting trees, it was natural to have compost from re-ecology. compost is how i work and the soil biology or the microbes feed the plant and our job as regenerative farmers is to feed the microbes with compost and they will feed the plant. it is very much like in business where you say take care of your employees and your employees will take carolinas of your customers. the same thing. take care of the soil microbes and soil life and that will feed and take care of the plants. >> they love compost because it is a nutrient rich soil amendment. it is food for the soil. that is photosynthesis.
pulling carbon from the atmosphere. pushing it back into the soil where it belongs. and the roots exude carbon into the soil. you are helping turn a farm into a carbon sink. it is an international model. delegations from 135 countries have come to study this program. and it actually helped inspire a new law in california, senate bill 1383. which requires cities in california to reduce the amount of compostable materials they send to landfills by 75% by 2025. and san francisco helped inspire this and this is a nation-leading policy. >> because we have such an immature relationship with nature and the natural cycles and the carbon cycles, government does have to step in and protect the commons, which is soil, ocean, foryes, sir, and so forth. -- forest, and so fors. we know that our largest corporations are a significant percentage of carbon emission,
and that the corporate community has significant role to play in reducing carbon emissions. unfortunately, we have no idea and no requirement that they disclose anything about the carbon footprint, the core operation and sp360 stands for the basic notion that large corporations should be transparent about the carbon footprint. it makes all the sense in the world and very common sense but is controversial. any time you are proposing a policy that is going to make real change and that will change behavior because we know that when corporations have to disclose and be transparent and have that kind of accountability, there is going to be opposition. >> we have to provide technical assistance to comply with the state legislation sb1383 which requires them to have a food donation program. we keep the edible food local. and we are not composting it
because we don't want to compost edible food. we want that food to get eaten within san francisco and feed folks in need. it is very unique in san francisco we have such a broad and expansive education program for the city. but also that we have partners in government and nonprofit that are dedicated to this work. at san francisco unified school district, we have a sustainability office and educators throughout the science department that are building it into the curriculum. making it easy for teachers to teach about this. we work together to build a pipeline for students so that when they are really young in pre-k, they are just learning about the awe and wonder and beauty of nature and they are connecting to animals and things they would naturally find love and affinity towards. as they get older, concepts that keep them engaged like society and people and economics.
>> california is experiencing many years of drought. dry periods. that is really hard on farms and is really challenging. compost helps farms get through these difficult times. how is that? compost is a natural sponge that attracts and retains water. and so when we put compost around the roots of plants, it holds any moisture there from rainfall or irrigation. it helps farms make that corner and that helps them grow for food. you can grow 30% more food in times of drought in you farm naturally with compost. farms and cities in california are very hip now to this fact that creating compost, providing compost to farms helps communities survive and get through those dry periods. >> here is the thing. soil health, climate health, human health, one conversation.
if we grow our food differently, we can capture all that excess carbon in the atmosphere and store it in unlimited quantities in the soil, that will create nutrient dense foods that will take care of most of our civilized diseases. so it's one conversation. people have to understand that they are nature. they can't separate. we started prowling the high plains in the 1870s and by the 1930s, 60 year, we turned it into a dust bowl. that is what ignorance looks like when you don't pay attention to nature. nature bats last. so people have to wake up. wake up. compost. >> it is really easy to get frustrated because we have this belief that you have to be completely sustainable 24/7 in all aspects of your life. it is not about being perfect. it is about making a change here, a change there in your life. maybe saying, you know what? i don't have to drive to that
particular place today. today i am going to take the bus or i'm going to walk. it is about having us is stainable in mind. that is -- it is about having sustainability in mind. that is how we move the dial. you don't have to be perfect all the time. >> san francisco has been and will continue to be one of the greener cities because there are communities who care about protecting a special ecosystem and habitat. thinking about the history of the ohlone and the native and indigenous people who are stewards of this land from that history to now with the ambitious climate action plan we just passed and the goals we have, i think we have a dedicated group of people who see the importance of this place. and who put effort into building an infrastructure that actually makes it possible. >> we have a long history starting with the gold rush and the anti-war activism and that is also part of the environmental movement in the 60s and 70s. and of course, earth day in 1970
which is huge. and i feel very privileged to work for the city because we are on such a forefront of environmental issues, and we get calls from all over the world really to get information. how do cities create waste programs like they do in san francisco. we are looking into the few which you are and we want innovation. we want solutions.
is this working? good evening. i call this meeting to order. please take it away, kyle. >> good evening. this is the meeting of the san francisco commission on the environment. the date is tuesday, may 24th, the time is 5:05 p.m. the ringing of cell phones and pagers and similar devices are prohibited. the chair may order the removal from the meeting room of anyone using a phone or similar device. for remote participants, note the ringing of cell phones, pagers and similar devices can happen virtually and is still prohibited. please turn your devices off. due to the covid-19 health emergency and to protect commissioners, department staff, and members of the public, commissioners and department staff may participate in the meeting remotely. the exception is taken to the stay-at-home order and proceeding and
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