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>> president walton: good afternoon and welcome to the july 20, 2021, meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. madam clerk, will you please call the roll. >> clerk: yes. [roll call]
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>> clerk: mr. president, all members are president. >> president walton: thank you so much, and i just want to let the public know that supervisor mandelman will be participating remotely for this meeting. 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. in accordance with this land and their traditions, the
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ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as caretakers of this place as well as 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 nations. colleagues, will you please stand and place your right hand over your heart in the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president walton: and on behalf of the board of supervisors, i would like to
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acknowledge the staff at sfgovtv. today, we have kalina mendoza with us, who record each of the meetings and make the transcripts available on-line. madam clerk, are there any communications? >> clerk: mr. president, you wanted me to remind you that when the mayor was attending the board meeting, that we would begin with the mayor's appearance. >> president walton: thank you so much, and i want the public to know when the mayor gets here we will start with our question-and-answer period with the mayor. >> the hon. london breed: i am here. >> president walton: ah. thank you so much, madam mayor. good to see you, and we want to welcome madam mayor to our meeting today. we are going to go ahead and start with our 2:00 p.m. special order, and madam clerk, would you read the special order. >> clerk: yes. the board welcomes the
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honorable london n. breed to address questions by the board of supervisors. before questions, the mayor may address the board for up to five minutes. >> president walton: madam mayor, do you have any remarks? >> the hon. london breed: yes. i am meeting with you from city hall. our unemployment rate is down to 5.4%, which is down from a high of 12.8%, and our hotel occupancy rate is now up to 45%. that's not where we are before the pandemic where our hotels were full all the time, but it's certainly better than 17%. it means more jobs at our hotels, including the hard
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working staff, and there's some troubling news in this time, especially with the delta variant. even with 83% of san franciscans who have received their first dose, we still have work to do. we are better off than any other major city, but there's still far too many people vulnerable to this virus. last week, i went down to the southeast health clinic to talk about the disparities that we are seeing not only with our vaccine but our hospitalization numbers, and i want to thank president walton for joining me to spread this message, this important message, and i encourage you all to do everything you can to reach out to communities that have not yet been vaccinated. the numbers with this delta variant are stark. for those who are unvaccinated and who have not yet contracted the disease, it's not a matter
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of if you get it but when, and how bad it will be when you do get it. vaccines offer incredible protection from the delta variant. will they prevent every single possible infection? no, they won't. but will they keep you out of the hospital? almost universally, yes, they will. since december 1 of last year, we have had about 1700 people who were not vaccinated who were in the hospital with covid-19. and do you know how many people were hospitalized after being vaccinated? only six. six people versus almost 1800 people. i know it feels like you heard this before, but if you were not vaccinated, this is the single most dangerous time in this pandemic because of how easily this virus spread. time and again, we've come
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together with the department of public health to do what's necessary and save lives. so please do it today. don't do it tomorrow or next week. bring your family members with you to the community health clinic. save a life other than the one that's yours. we've got more to do as a community. we've done so much, but we still have to do more. >> president walton: thank you so much for your remarks. madam clerk, would you read the topics. >> clerk: yes. item 1, public transportation from district 5, and item 2, affordable housing on the west side, district 7. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. thank you for urging everybody
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to get vaccinated, especially with the delta variant on the rise. for the last 16 months, some muni lines have been suspended, many with no timeline for return. meanwhile, the m.t.a., many of your appointees, have not made a mission to move back to 100% prepandemic service hours and reinstate suspended lines. all of this as the m.t.a. has received unanticipated federal funding and sits on $150 million in reserves. m.t.a. refuses to restore service or even commit to a plan that involves full return of all suspended lines, and with the economy reopening, san francisco residents and businesses are being hobbled by anemic services, including suspended service, shortened
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lines, limited even and night hours and severely reduced frequency on community lines. madam mayor, my question for you is this: can you commit to the riders of suspended muni lines that their lines will be restored to service? >> the hon. london breed: well, thank you, supervisor, for your question, and you and i both can agree that we would want to do everything we can to restore muni service as much as we possibly can. i'm very eager to not just restore muni service to all san franciscans but to get residents back to riding muni across the city. coming out of the pandemic, our service map is going to have to look a little different than it did before covid. that's because before the pandemic, muni had a structural deficit, and it continues to get worse every year. right now, ridership is only
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37% of what it was prepandemic. as of early june, san francisco was estimated to have 20% of its prepandemic office attendance, and that's lower than most of the other metro areas of our kind. the good news is we do see an uptick in weekend ridership, which means that people are increasingly willing to use transit when they have places to go but are likely to stay home when it comes to work for the next several months. we are incredibly fortunate that we've received $700 million from the federal government, which means we have not had to layoff one single person. but we need to make more progress to bring back our staffing and operators. we have a shortage before this pandemic, and the last year has made it worse. we need to strike a balance
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between making sure that there's enough coverage to get san franciscans back on the bus as the city opens up, but not stretch ourselves so thin that we run out of money, and we have to resource to service cuts in a year or two. as we restore muni service, we are prioritizing equity and access. i think i heard the bell, but i can go on. [bell ringing] >> the hon. london breed: well, there's the well. >> president walton: -- bell. >> president walton: thank you, mayor breed. did you finish your thought? >> the hon. london breed: in prioritizing equity, we want to make sure that the neighborhoods that are most reliant on low cost transit are prioritized for predictable service. in prioritizing access, we want to make sure that everyone in the city within a quarter mile of a transit stop -- is within
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a quarter mile of a transit stop. the august 13 expansion will help us get there. sfmta will be continuing an access study to understand the tradeoffs of having more routes having more routes or existing routes and how those affect different populations. >> president walton: thank you, mayor breed. supervisor preston, you may know ask a follow up question directly related to your opening question. >> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton, and thank you, mayor breed, for your comments, and i think we certainly agree on the importance of getting folks back on muni and making the system as strong as possible. i think my follow up question is on the lines that you mentioned, the lines that are not yet scheduled to come back,
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my question is, will you commit to returning those lines to service regardless of what the long-term decision is regarding those lines as the community process that you described moves forward? in other words, can the riders of those suspended lines count on those lines coming back in the short-term regardless of the long-term plans for those lines? >> the hon. london breed: well, thank you, supervisor, for your follow-up question. and part of the way that we handle this pandemic is we looked at data, and we looked at a way to make decisions based on the problems that we saw, and the challenges, and the needs, and we will do the same with various problems around the city. i grew up in san francisco taking the muni. i know that lines have existed for generations, and people
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count on these lines in various capacities, but we are in need of making our system a lot more efficient, so what that may mean is there may be changes to these lines. in the district that you represent, the n-judah, we may get someone that calls in sick on the n-judah, and we can't get someone to take over that line, and now, we've got hundreds of people waiting for the next line. we don't want to go back to that. we also want to make sure that staffing levels are up to par. we're going to use data, we're going to look at numbers in terms of the dollars. we're going to make sure that we have staffing levels appropriate with the sole goal of making sure that the lines and the service that we do provide is a lot more efficient than it has been in the past
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because that has not been the case. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor preston and mayor breed. supervisor preston,-- mayor breed, you may ask a question of supervisor preston not directly related to the questions. >> the hon. london breed: thank you. i have no questions. >> president walton: this concludes the question topic. madam clerk, would you read the next item?
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>> supervisor melgar: we have a growing population that is often house rich and cash poor with few opportunities to age in place in the communities they love, where they have friends and family. if they have a home, it's one that they cannot afford to pass to future generations. we have families with young children that would relish living in these neighborhoods but are completely priced out. we also have a growing workforce with institutions such as city college, san francisco state university, and
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ucsf parnassas with very little housing opportunities. very little housing has been produced in district 7 in the last few decades, and very little affordable housing has been produced. so my question to you is how can we develop solutions with your mayor's office of housing and community development that are catered to west side needs and sensiblities, and are you willing to develop tools for a range of income levels, most importantly serving our seniors and multigenerational households? >> the hon. london breed: thank you, supervisor. throughout the time that i've been in office, i think i've been clear about my desire to see more housing in all areas of the city, including on the west side, and i've put forth ways to make this happen, including resources -- i hear from people all the time that grew up here, folks who lived
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on the west side for generations who can't afford to stay here. we want san francisco to be affordable, and we want generations of san francisco to grow up here and still live here. it shouldn't matter if you have money or not. anyone who works hard should be able to afford living in san francisco. problem is getting worse every year and it's not getting better. we made some good progress. prop a, the affordable housing prop, brought funding to a number of programs, from down payment on housing to payments on existing loans, but moving forward, we can't, once again, concentrate all of our housing on the east side of the city and focus on things like small sites for the west side of the city. small sites is $500,000 per
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door. this is a lot of money for projects that don't create any newhousing. while i know that this board hasn't supported all of my housing proposals in the past, i'm looking at ways that we can do something in the future. i'm confident that these dollars will help us find new ways to fund new models where state tax credits aren't available, but we do need to look at zoning and our housing proposal process. i know there's a lot of discussions on fourplexes in the city. i look forward to continuing
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these decisions, and we -- i look forward to having these discussions, and we need to push forward housing, including on the west site. >> president walton: thank you, mayor breed. supervisor melgar, you can now ask a follow up question in direct relation to your first question. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, mayor breed. i think upzoning has been --
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[inaudible]. >> the hon. london breed: -- even for affordable housing specifically, but that shouldn't stop up from moving forward in looking at other parts of our city to build. when we're talking about fourplexes, we're talking about four, five, six, seven, eight stories, i don't think that's unreasonable when trying to build housing on the west side in unutilized spaces. >> supervisor melgar: thank you, madam mayor. >> president walton: thank you, mayor breed and supervisor melgar. mayor breed, you may now ask questions of supervisor melgar or any other attendee not necessarily related to the
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exact same question. >> the hon. london breed: thank you, president walton. i will let you get back to your business at hand. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, that concludes our mayoral discussion. can we now go back to communications? >> clerk: yes, mr. president. out of an abundance of caution, the board is asking the public to monitor these proceedings via www.sfgovtv.org or channel 26. the most efficient method, if you're interested in providing public comment, and avoiding the signal delay, is to listen from your touch phone where will you be in live synch with the proceedings until you're ready to provide your public comment. the telephone number is streaming on your screen. it's 415-655-0001. when you hear the prompt, enter
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minutes as presented, the mayor's appearance and the policy items, the topic items of discussion, the items that are within the subject matter jurisdiction that do not appear on this agenda, and items 78 through 83, appearing at the back end of the agenda. those are the items for adoption without reference to committee. and finally, all other agenda items have had its public comment requirement in committee. the board will accept written correspondence by u.s. mail if you use the address san francisco board of supervisors, 1 dr. carlton b. goodlett place, room 204, san francisco, california, 94102. in partnership with the office of civic engagement and immigrant affairs, interpretation will be provided for general public comment between the hours of 3:30 and
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5:30 once general public comment is called. and finally, if you are experiencing any trouble connecting to this meeting remotely, call 415-554-5184, and there, you can gain access to a live person who will assist you with connecting to this meeting. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. a friendly reminder, colleagues, please remember to mute your microphones when you're not speaking. colleagues, we are moving to approve the meeting minutes of the june 14, 2021 special board meeting minutes at the budget and appropriations committee, which constituted a quorum of
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the board of supervisors, and the june 15, 2021 regular board meeting minutes. may i have a motion and a second? supervisor peskin has made a motion to approve and supervisor haney has seconded. madam clerk, a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: thank you. on the motion to approve the minutes -- [roll call] >> president walton: without objection, the minutes will be approved after public comment as presented. madam clerk, would you please
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call the consent agenda? >> clerk: items 2 through 7 are considered the consent agenda and will be considered by a single vote of the board. >> president walton: i would like to sever item 7, so if you could call the roll on items 2 through 6. >> clerk: yes. on items 2 through 6 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, these ordinances are finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, would you please call item 7. >> clerk: item 7 is an ordinance amending the planning code to create the new 2500-2530 18 street affordable housing special use district, to facilitate the development of affordable housing at the site, amending the zoning map to rezone the lots from p.d.r.-1-g to u.m.u. and to map the new special use district, affirming the planning department's determination
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under the ceqa act, and making findings under planning codes section 101 and section 302. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 7. >> clerk: on item 7 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this item is passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call unfinished business, items 8 through 30 together. >> clerk: items 8 through 30 are items that were properly brought before the committees with public comment on such
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items. item 10, resolution to approve the fiscal year 2021 through 2022 budget of the ocii, and to approve the issuance of bonds to finance a portion of ociis enforceable on obligations. item 11 is the ordinance to authorize the execution and delivery of certificates of participation in one or more series on a tax exempt representing an aggregate principal amount of not to exceed 67.5 million to finance multiple cam tall improvement projects. item 12, ordinance to amend the health code to set rates and rates for other services from the department of public health through fiscal year 2021 through 2023.
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item 18, this is an ordinance to amend the salary ordinance fiscal years 2020 through 2021 and 2021 through 2022 to reflect the substitution of three positions at the airport commission, and the substitution of nine positions and the addition of 23 positions at the san francisco public utilities commission in fiscal year 2021 through 2022. item 19 is an ordinance to amend the police code to lower
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the fee for street artist's certificate. item 20, ordinance to adopt the neighborhood beautification fund. item 21 is the ordinance to amend the administrative court to require the rent board to collect the fee through invoices rather than property tax bill, to impose penalties for nonpayment and to clarify law regarding the existing laws for landlord. item 22, ordinance to amend the business and tax regulations code to update emergency medical services fees to reflect amounts currently authorized and charged under annual adjustment provisions and inform require the fees be made to the department of emergency management rather than department of public health. item 23, resolution to authorize the acceptance and expenditure of state funds by
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the san francisco department of public health for fiscal year 2021-22. item 24, resolution to authorize the acceptance and expenditure of state funds by the p.u.c. for fiscal year 2022-2023. item 27 and 28 are two resolutions that concur with the controller's certification that department services can be performed by private contractor for a lower cost than similar work performed by city and county employees, for item 27,
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for security services for the department of public health. for item 28, for budget and ejs will -- legislative analyst services for the board of supervisors, for citywide security services, fleet security, convention facilities management for general service agency for the city administrator, for mainframe system support, for general services agency for technology and security services for the public works, for the human services agency, for the department of homelessness and supportive housing, for the department of mayor's office of housing and community development, for assembly of vote by mail envelopes for the department of elections. for security services for the public utilities commission, for security information and guest services parking information, shuttle bus services at the airport, and custodial and security services at the port.
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for item 29, this is an agreement to receipt approve [inaudible] cash grant program payments authorized under the 17 supplement to the local emergency declaration for a total amount not to exceed 14.9 million for an 18 month term through december 31, 2021, and for item 30, this is a resolution to concur with the controller's price establishment of the consumer price index and to adjust the service tax by the same rate. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you, president walton. i made my longer statement at last week's board meeting, so i just want to quickly reiterate my thanks for the members of the budget committee and my staff.
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i want to thank all of you, every single one of you. all our colleagues had a role in it in adding to it and improving it. i want to thank the mayor for her leadership and vision and partnership and the mayor's office who are here, as well, especially ashley and sophia, the controller's office and team, the b.l.a. and clerk and her team, this is a budget that i believe that we can be proud of. this is a recovery budget and makes investments in our most impacts residents. it prioritizes equity, and it does so with urgency. i think we set out a set of priorities and values that we have as a board that i believe are honored in the budget that is in front of us. it makes historic unprecedented investments in responding to mental health illness, to drug
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addiction, to investments in housing, to include resources for public safety, for alternative responses and interventions on our streets, into rent relief. this is a budget that prioritizes recovery at a time where our residents need us more than ever, and i believe it is a budget that was done in partnership -- close partnership with the mayor and close residents and stakeholders. i've got some amendments that i'll save. we present this budget to you as one that was passed unanimously from the budget committee, and i hope that we can count on your support for it today. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor haney.
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supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, president walton. i didn't jump in last week, but wanted to make a few comments on this budget process. so really believe that this was a truly historic, some might even say magical budget process. while it was long and arduous and laborious, i'm proud of the work that chair haney did. i'm proud of the office that my office did, vice chair, i'm proud of the work of supervisor mar and supervisor walton. we came together and were able to restore vital services while at the same time came together for funding new and vital ideas. i want to thank ashley and sophia for being available, never looking tired, no matter what time of day it was, and the b.l.a. and their team and
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city attorney, all throughout the process, really appreciate your collaboration. you know, our city is evolving, and it's forever evolving. but during this covid year, we drastically changed how we do business and how we did business, and we were able to produce, i would say, a decade's worth of innovation and new programming through ordinances in a really short period of time. this budget presents opportunities in housing, equity, access, and innovation, and we were able to get services on the street for those in needs, in emergency room -- in terms of ambassadors, making people feel safe on the streets, and our
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vital first responders, paramedics and firefighters in the work that they're trying to do. moreover, i think we were able to support art and culture while deferring an amount of historical criminal related activities. we were able to baseline the dream keeper program that the mayor and president walton initiated last year, along with many members of this board to invest back in communities who had been affected by decades of police violence and overpolicing. so we're baselining those investments. we're making it a priority to really, really invest in justice reform. i'm really proud of that work and shifting it over to community based organizations. i'm proud of the work that the our city, our home committee did in partnership with the budget committee and
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prioritized homelessness and affordable housing. we were able to prioritize several recommendations, almost 90-plus percent of what the committee prioritized, and we negotiated the final amount in the budget process with approximately $1 billion in resources coming to the department of homelessness, we were finally able to put forward solutions that past affords only dreamed about doing. i know we use the word historic often, but when you look at funding over the next year, and what we were able to accomplish, buying buildings, buying hotels, creating transitional vouchers, and creating a safety net and safe housing system, i think it was really truly historic, so really thank the mayor, really thank the our city, our home,
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and thank the leadership of this budget committee for working in that direction. in closing, i would be remiss if i didn't thank my entire team for working through this process nonstop. i also want to thank all of the amazing staff of chair haney, led by abigail, as he already thanked, but their entire team and all the teams of the other offices, supervisor mar, supervisor ronen, for working together along the way. i know there's always road bumps and room for improvement, but i think the citizens and the people of san francisco will really be impressed by what will happen over the next year. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. that is magical. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton.
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i would like to thank chair haney and all the members of the budget and appropriation committee for all your hard work to get this budget done. i agree there's magic, but i think it's due to chair haney's chief of staff, who i note did the lion's share of heavy lifting, so i really appreciate here, and i -- i also really want to talk about the fact, you know, that in this budget, we really -- i really am wholeheartedly supportive of this budget right now because, you know, just thinking about the -- when i was -- before i took office, just thinking about around how do we help our city to recover, to the commitment to working families
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and tenants and small businesses. so i also want to express my appreciate to the mayor, who also presented this budget, that really allowed us to you deliver on our promises and all our colleagues who are committed to ensuring that our recovery does not leave anyone behind. with this budget, we were able to fund the gap to ensure that we don't have to close any after school programs. that's not just in my district, but allow the whole city. this budget also supports our ability and responsibility to build more affordable housing on the west side of san francisco, and that really -- we did that through expending the capacity of our community based organizations.
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so finally earlier this year, i created the neighboring [inaudible] business program, and i'm really happy that the staff in the office of small business funds and administrates this program. this funds the legacy historic business preservation fund for the first time since it was created in 2013. so thank you for working with my office in funding all of the critical funding in district 1, including all of the social infrastructure that we could really support long-term funding for some of our most vulnerable communities, including seniors, youth, and homeless. this invests in programs and clinical services for our seniors.
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we're also able to support youth engagement and development as well as culturally appropriate services center for our language deficient residents. i believe we should all be proud that we have what we have before us today. it truly reflects our share priorities that we fight so hard for. i look forward to voting in support of the budget package. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: i know it is a ton of work, and i appreciate your diligence and your care in balancing a lot of competing demands to arrive at
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a budget. and let me start by recognizing what others have previously said. there is no such thing as a perfect budget. we fought hard to get some critical help to renters, working people, unhoused folks, and communities of color, and i appreciate that chair haney and the budget committee shared these goals and worked to include so many of our office's priorities in the budget that's before us today, from the public bank to fully funding the right to council, public housing organizers, millions of dollars to address homelessness, including our d-5 hotel family shelter and help for youth in the haight, major investments in the fillmore, major investments in japantown, and important nonpolice public safety efforts, such as community ambassadors, and the beginning funding for cart. there is a lot to be proud of
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in this budget, as others have stated, and i think it delivers in many important ways. that said, colleagues, i have stated throughout the budget process and strongly believe that reducing our bloated police budgets is one of our most important obligations. we must reverse decades and generations of overinvestment in policing and underinvestment in the services and system change that address the root causes of crime. we have before us a budget that increases law enforcement funding for the next two years. the national reckoning with racism and policing over this last year hasn't been incorporated, in my opinion, into our budget when it comes to funding law enforcement. meanwhile, racial disparities
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in policing rage on despite reform efforts. our continued overinvestment in policing is not making us safer, but it's resulting in more arrests and incarceration and ultimately, more recidivism and more crime. i have consistently voted against budgets that increase policing budgets. i cannot accept this, especially as we are all coming together around alternatives to policing, and funding should be moving from the police department to nonpolice services that better promote public safety. i also want to note my disappointment with the failure of this budget to fund social housing. contrary to the will of san francisco voters and despite the fact that proposition i is already bringing in over $150
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million. this budget did secure an additional $32 million for local rent relief efforts, ensuring that approximately 3500 households who would otherwise shut out the need to prevent eviction, and this is a major victory, and i want to thank and recognize chair haney for his leadership on this, and colleagues, for your support of rent relief. and also, the antidisplacement coalition, faith in action, housing rights coalition? san francisco, jobs with justice, affordable housing alliance, democratic socialists of america, and many other housing advocates. and i know the board stands ready to provide more funds for rent relief if the federal, state, and now our local funding proves inadequate to meet the need. but the reality is that while rent relief is extremely important as an immediate
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antidisplacement measure, it does not fundamentally challenge the underlying affordable housing imbalance that has left so many tenants vulnerable in the first place. i believe we still have the opportunity to boldly address the long-standing housing challenges in san francisco, and i look forward to working with you all in the months ahead to achieve this vision. so with profoundly mixed feelings about this budget, and with great appreciation for everyone's work on this, i will not be supporting the budget today. i want to thank you all, especially chair haney and budget committee members, and all of our legislative staff, particularly the budget committee members, and especially, as mentioned, abbie of chair haney's office and jen snyder and anya worley of my
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office. i want to thank all of our advocates for keeping us focused and holding us accountable in delivering a budget for all san franciscans. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. colleagues, i am humbled by the amount of energy, passion, compassion i witnessed in my first budget process as a supervisor, and i want to thank you all, my colleagues, but especially the budget committee members for all your hard work and long hours. and i especially want to thank chair haney for your elegance and your chief of staff who put
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in long hours and had a commitment to equity in this budget. i especially want to thank the mayor and her staff for putting together a budget that is progressive, that this board could build on, and i especially thank the budget and legislative analyst's office and the controller's office, and above all, to the city staff and the workers in the community workers who carry out the work of our people every day who serve our most impacted communities. free muni for all youth, i want to thank mayor london breed for negotiating with me on this important and necessary program
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that the community has been fighting to get for decades. so starting on april 15, all youth under 19 years old will be able to ride muni for free. in my office, and all the youth that are involved in my office are working to make the m.t.a. a little better on the social media front to reach youth the way that they communicate to make this a success. second, i again want to thank the mayor for thinking outside the box and putting in a housing innovation fund. we are planning innovative projects that we can do in our city and especially on the west side, projects that we can explore that are different from what we have traditionally done and not address west side needs. and then, income subsidies for
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extremely low-income subsidies, the dignity fund. district 7 has the third highest population of seniors in the city, and i want to thank the justice coalition, the dignity fund, the senior and disability action folks, and more specifically, jessica, sandy, and marie, and the many others who put in countless hours for the rights of seniors and people with disabilities. we provided resources and referrals to families with young children who needed child care, and i want to thank naima and her team who never stopped working.
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thank you, colleagues, and it's been an exciting first year. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar, and i do want to state that i share some of supervisor preston's concerning about overpolicing and state for the record that this budget decreases funding for the police department and the sheriff's oversight board, and the office of the inspector general. but the great part of having a team is to letting them handle all the heavy lifting and doing great work. so i won't do anything but say thank you as chair haney has spoken, and you did last week. with that, chair haney, you do have some amendments? >> supervisor haney: yes.
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to adjust spending plan item number 41, $500,000, from legacy business program two, $100,000 for one-time staffing support to expedite legacy business applications, and 400,000 for the application of the legacy business acquisition fund. third, to adjust the description of spending plan item 61 from project based s.r.o. operating subsidies to support extremely low-income tenants in affordable housing. two, extremely low-income s.r.o. project operating based subsidies to support
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rehabilitation and rehab. fourth to adjust the description of spending plan item number 84 from rent relief project to residential rent relief prioritizing tenants who receive eviction notice or face threat of eviction. fifth, to reallocate $250,000 to the human rights commission to support the reimagining of juvenile hall, and six, to reallocate $855,000 to the p.c. refresh department to the office of the economic and workforce development to expanding the ambassador programs to lower tenderloin, lower polk, and i want to move all of those amendments. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor haney. do we have a second on that? >> supervisor safai: second. >> president walton: seconded by vice chair safai, and i do understand that these are
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nonsubstantive. thank you very much, deputy city attorney pearson. madam clerk, on the motion to amendment, could we have a roll call vote. [please stand by]
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. >> president walton: and resolutions are adopted. madam clerk, let's please go to our special 3:00 p.m. order. >> clerk: items 59 through 62,
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these items were continued from june 29, 2021. president may entertain a motion to continue these items and associated motions to the board meeting of september 28, 2021. item 59 is a hearing of persons interested in the approval of a conditional use authorization for a proposed project at 575 vermont street to allow demolition of an existing
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single-family -- [please stand by]
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[roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: and without objection, this item is finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call items 32 through 34 together.
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supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you. i know i spoke about my desire to imagine and how so many of us are invested in reimagining how we think about food insecurity, but i wanted to read something that came from supervisor eric mar, a resolution that happened back in 2013, and it was -- the resolution was titled committing to a food secure and hungry free san francisco. i just wanted to read that clause really quickly. that might have been the work of supervisor melgar at the time, working with supervisor mar. that supervisor mar, the previous one. i just felt like it was important to read it quickly
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because i felt it was an important clause. be it resolved the board of supervisors and the city and county of san francisco commit to ensuring that all san franciscans are food secure and hunger free by 2020. so that was in 2013, and that was supervisor eric mar at the time. it was making a profound statement. i think we still come up a little bit short on that, but i wanted to really pay homage to that and recognize the work that he did, and just reiterate to you all my long-term goal of food empowerment that any neighborhood in san francisco, any district in san francisco that would like to have a food empowerment market that wishes to have one, we're committed to seeing that through. we will see a pilot in district 1 # -- 11 this coming here, but i have to say, we have to be prepared and build on the previous work that's been done
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in the past and just wanted to recognize that very briefly. thank you. >> supervisor safai: thank you, supervisor safai, for all your work on addressing hunger and food insecurity, and for adding to your comments from last week. >> supervisor safai: yes, i know you appreciate that. >> president walton: madam clerk, would you please call the roll on items 32 through 34? >> clerk: on items 32 through 34 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, these ordinances are finally passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call new business, item number 35.
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>> clerk: item 35 is an ordinance to amend ordinance number 49-17 as amended by ordinance number 209-17, to change the timeline for the payments of a $2.7 million gift and a $9.75 million from the project sponsor of the project at 950-974 market street to the 180 jones street affordable housing fund, to amend the administrative code regarding the use of the 180 jones street affordable housing afford, and to authorize actions in furtherance of the ordinance as defined here in. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 35 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 36. >> clerk: item 36 is an ordinance to amend the park code to allow the recreation and park department to continue setting nonresident adult admission fees for the japanese tea garden, the coit tower elevator, the conservea there is tory of flowers, and the san francisco botanical guard by flexible prizing, and affirming
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the determine -- ceqa determinations. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. the ordinance would have allowed the recreation and park general management to approve from time to time temporary increase in admission and flex pricing. my predecessor, former supervisor sandra lee fewer amended the language as budget chair included amendments. and then, supervisor fewer made amendments to clarify these would expire unless solidified by an ordinance.
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so now, this ordinance has since expired, and i understand from briefing with rec and parks department and with my staff the agency is working on updated -- updating their memorandum of understanding between the department and nonprofit organizations, and look, you know, right now, as conservetor of flowers, i think the recreation and park department is probably here and can confirm if need be, part of the emission that goes to the conservetory and parks alliance. the agreement of rec and park was in 2013, and i don't think they've been updated since then. at the same time, there's an m.o.u. between rec and park and botanical garden society that is also waiting to be updated. so here's the reason why i
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would be making a motion to amend item 36, colleagues, is that i think we should really wait until rec and park department formalize an m.o.u., and in my opinion, and i think that in conversation through my staff with rec and park, is that botanical garden society truly has the expertise of curating a garden. they have the plants and expertise, and seeing that it requires the same attention and expertise, perhaps it is appropriate that these gardens really goes with the botanical garden societies, along with their expertise. so i look forward to seeing rec and park really amending this m.o.u. and finalizing that m.o.u. before we continue to
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allow this to go on without a sunset date. it's the reason why i would like to make the motion to amend item 36, and my amendments, which i believe my staff has shared with you, that on page 1, line 22, to remove the leading and at revising, add back the sections 12.5, sunset provision, starting on page 1, line 23, through page 2, line 4, and make the expiration date december 7, 2021, and that is the second to the last of our board meeting to the winter recess which allow us to have the -- the m.o.u., i do not believe, needs to come to -- for approval, but i think it would be a good piece of information before we further allowing this -- this legislation ordinance to go on with or without a sunset date, that we should really have the m.o.u. in our hand to better
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inform us to make that decision. with this amendment, i want to be clear, we're not holding off rec and park doing what they're doing right now. it's just that they can continue with their flex pricing admission and return to the board in december with an m.o.u. thank you. [inaudible] >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton, and thank you, supervisor chan. i don't think that the park and rec knew about this flex pricing amendment that goes back half a decade. there was concern about the original flex pricing proposal, but we did ultimately agree to a temporary trial with the sunset date pending information
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that would be forthcoming. i personally, as a policy matter, have always had trouble with the notion of differential pricing for san francisco residents and nonresidents. it just seems funky to me that the botanical garden is free for san franciscans, but we soak people from out of town. but that being what it is, it's kind of a fight that's in the rearview mirror. but since i came back to office in late 2015, we have, and my office convened quarterly meetings with park advocates, historic preservation advocates, fans of the frescos in coit tower from the w.p.a. era, not only district 3 experts, but experts from around the city and around the region who have organized as an organization called protect coit tower, an organization that actually put proposition b
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on the ballot, that forced rec and park to spend coit tower elevator fees on fixing the leaks that were damaging the city's patrimony in the form of those murals. and that committee, when this last came, rec and park staff expressed, and it's in our board packet, that coit tower, of the four locations listed in the ordinance, plex pricing has -- flex pricing has never been implemented at coit tower. coit tower has never supported flex pricing. so what i would like to do is offer a friendly amendment to supervisor chan's amendment that would exclude coit tower.
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it would be a change, it is nonsubstantive insofar as it decreases prices and does not add to them to add to the long title at line six, clarifying that the nonpricing fees for coit tower shall be deemed to have expired as a matter of law by june 30, and adding line 50, subsection a, that authorizes temporary increases and decreases in nonresident fees at the coit tower adopted via ordinance, and any such increases or decreases, that the department general manager may have approved, pursuant to that paragraph, shall be deemed to have expired by operation of law as of june 30, 2021, so i would like to add that as a friendly amendment to supervisor chan's amendment. [inaudible]
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>> president walton: as a friendly amendment to your amendment? >> supervisor chan: yes, second to that. >> president walton: supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: i just have a few questions as a member of the budget committee. i think we got these amendments at 1:22 today, so i'm a little confused as to why this wasn't discussed in committee. i understand what you're saying on the record. i'm hearing you now, but i'm looking at this legislation. i guess the previous expiration was what? >> supervisor peskin: june 30, 2021 through the present. >> supervisor safai: so i guess it's normal that this usually sunsets on a previous revision? i guess we have somebody on stand by from rec and parks.
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>> president walton: madam clerk? >> clerk: we are checking, supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: if not, i would request that we come back to this as soon as we have somebody from rec and park. >> president walton: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: we watched this meeting of rec and park, and no date was set forth, nor was anything set forth to justify the flex pricing scheme, to talk about what additional moneys it raised, what those additional moneys were being spent on. so the entire intent was not presented by rec and park, and no slight to the budget committee, i don't think anybody on this remembers that history, and hence, supervisor chan remembers it because she was at rec and park, and i remember it because i authored it.
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>> president walton: real quick, supervisor safai. madam clerk? >> clerk: we have invited three individuals from rec and park. >> president walton: and they're available? >> clerk: we understand that mr. guerra as well as beverly ng. >> president walton: okay. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: this seems to me -- i remember the history. i remember the debate about having pricing that would -- differentiation. i think there was actually a conversation about raising prices, if i'm not mistaken, for all participants to enter. can you give us a little bit of history behind the flex pricing idea and where that originated? but i do remember part of that history. >> president walton: thank you,
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supervisor safai. antonio guerra or beverly ng? >> hi, i'm beverly ng with rec and park, deputy policy head of public affairs. dana ketchum, she provided to the committee, and she is not here, but i can give you a little bit of history. why we were back was supervisor peskin mentioned we -- there was a sunset clause for it to end in june 30 of 2021, and so as of july 31 of this year, all the specialty gardens have stopped with any of the prices, and coit tower actually was not able to because covid actually had an impact and did not allow for people inside the elevator, so we were not able to implement it at the coit tower. that's a bit of the history.
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we were initially going to be part of the budget package, and i'll let antonio speak to that a little bit. >> thank you. antonio guerra, acting director of the san francisco rec and parks department. we did as a department submit a report on the use of flexible pricing in spring 2021. i think dana ketchum, our head of permits, might have done that. happy to answer any other questions that you might have. >> president walton: supervisor safai, any other questions? >> supervisor safai: what was your intention of the sunset date was expiring? what was your intention of moving forward with the flex pricing proposal? >> so our intention of moving forward with the flex pricing proposal was to keep this going on an on going basis at the four sites specified in the
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legislation. >> supervisor safai: so in the legislation, we had struck the sunset supervision altogether, and now supervisor -- sunset provision altogether, and now, supervisor chan is adding it back in? >> that is correct. sorry. >> supervisor safai: so the sunset provision was designed to expire, and it was going to be an on going thing, is that right? so -- okay. thank you. so i guess my question would be to -- it -- to -- to supervisor chan. can you reiterate why you'd like to add the sunset provision back in? >> president walton: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton, and president walton, answering supervisor safai's question, i am -- i'm
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happy to answer his question. rec and parks, please confirm that you do, as it currently exists, conservatory of flowers, that it actually has an m.o.u. since 2013 with rec and parks, including, but not limited, having the emission revenue goes toward parks alliance? . >> through the chair, that is correct. the park alliance, the friends group receives in essence all the funding, but 5% of the revenue does go to the parks alliance. >> supervisor chan: thank you. and you are now in the process of updating an m.o.u. with san francisco parks alliance specifically on conservatory of flowers as well as possibly an m.o.u. with san francisco
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botanical garden society? >> through the chair, yes, that is correct, supervisor. we are in the process of looking at a global m.o.u. for the three gardens at golden gate park, the botanical garden, san francisco botanical garden, the garden of flowers, and the japanese tea garden. >> supervisor chan: thank you. which answered my questions or making my point here, the fact that there is an m.o.u. with a party outside the city and county of san francisco where clearly there's revenue going toward a third party that is not part of the city and county of san francisco; that i thought perhaps we should wait which is a way to collect revenue of nonresident fees. and this does not stop from collecting nonresidents' fees. it's just to set a date to
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actually have the m.o.u. s. spraps, i should confirm with rec and park -- perhaps i should confirm with rec and park, you do expect to have a working m.o.u. by the end of this year? [please stand by]
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>> supervisor peskin: in the presentation that is in the file that was made to the budget and finance committee as well as the documents submitted yesterday by rec and park. they'll tell you how much additional money they got off this. why don't we start by asking rec and park as to the three facilities, how much did it bring in per annum prior to covid shutdowns? >> thank you for the question supervisor. we have that data in hand. for the botanical garden it was
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$181,000. for the conservatory of flowers, $81,000 and for the japanese garden, it was $241,836. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. from what you sent, you would have to do a lot of calculations to come up with those numbers. thank you for providing them. colleagues, few weeks ago, there was a very unfortunate revelation relative to the arrest of a former city employee. somebody i personally knew. if there was one silver lining to that story, the silver lining was that he was actually arrested by our local law enforcement by the district attorney of san francisco, he was apprehended at his house in san mateo county, california. that individual allegedly was --
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not allegedly, he was using funds from the park alliance to benefit himself. it said the park alliance off book money once again and i cannot wrap my hands around how on a city piece of property, 5% of the take doesn't go to the city. we should be getting 100%. it's our property. why would 5% go to an organization that is supposed to be a fundraising arm of the city? i would deny this entire thing just on that. having said that, it's never been implemented at coit, i like to exempt coit tower. i support supervisor chan's amendment to extend until december 7th when we can hear
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about rec and park when we can hear about the m.o.u. >> deputy city attorney ann pierson. i did not realized these fees were introduced part of the mayor's budget. they were not voted on as part of that package. as i look at the board file, i do see that they were part of the package that was sent by the mayor. they were identified in the memo that the board sends. these are fees pursuant to the mayor budget package. when they are introduced as part of the budget package is to approve or reject. the board may not entertain amendments today. after they approve or rejected, you may introduce legislation at a later date to make the same
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amendments considered today. not for action today. >> you're saying we have to vote up or down? >> or to continue the item. fee items may not be amended by the board as part of this package. >> president walton: if this was continued, it wouldn't affect the budget? >> that's correct. >> president walton: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: i think, i would much rather -- if we were to continue this item because it expired already on june 30,
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2021, which means then if we do not vote on this and continue this, my ask will be then, that means the department will not able to collect -- you will not be able to collect non-resident fees all together. because it already expired, technically. >> president walton: did you hear that question? >> i apologize, i was consulting with the comptroller. i understand your question, can this item be continued? i believe it can. i see comptroller agreeing with that. >> supervisor chan: which means the department will not be able to collect flexible pricing fees until we -- >> for now, the authority to impose the flexible fees has expired. the department may not impose those heightened fees now. will not be able to do so until the board authorizes the fee
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increase. >> supervisor chan: sounds good. have a free summer. i would like to make the motion to continue this item until december 7, 2021. >> president walton: real quick, couple of things. would you like to withdraw your earlier motion? >> supervisor chan: yes. i like to withdraw my original motion and propose a new motion to continue this item until december 7, 2021. >> president walton: you have a second. seconded by supervisor peskin. supervisor preston, did you not want to speak? >> supervisor preston: mr. president, i'm just looking at all of the trailing piece of legislation to the budget. this is the june 1st
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memorandum from it mayor's budget director to the clerk of this board of supervisors. obviously, there's the annual appropriations ordinance and the annual salary ordinance. then, the budget for ocii, office of community investment and infrastructure. in 22 separate pieces of trailing legislation. i do not, unless i'm missing something, see this as one. this does not appear to be one of these pieces of legislation from ashley to angela june 1. that's the date of submission. may be we just have a disagreement on fact.
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never mind. i got it. it is in here. my bad. it's there. >> president walton: thank you supervisor peskin. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you mr. president walton. i'm wondering if rec and park could comment on why the park alliances is getting a 5% cut of the fees for these gardens? >> through the chair, i'm the acting director of administration finance. it's an admin fee for collections. they run the collection at the conservatory of flowers. >> supervisor ronen: do they run the collection the at botanical
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garden and japanese teammate house. >> at the botanical garden no. i'm unsure of the japanese teagarden. japanese teagarden is rec and park. [indiscernible] >> the teagarden collections are managed by the botanical garden society. it's just a conservatory who's connected to the park alliance. >> supervisor ronen: does the park alliance get a 5% cut for all of these different attractions? >> just conservatory flowers >> supervisor ronen: why is the parks alliance collecting the
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fee for the conservatory of flowers instead of civil service? rec and park staff? >> it stems from about 20 years ago, the conservatory underwent significant capital campaign to rebuild it and the parks trust which has become the park's alliance led that capital campaign. and became the fiscal sponsor for the conservatory at that time. >> supervisor ronen: has this been certified by under prop a? has this body agreed to contract out this duty? >> the conservatory parks alliance and the department have
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an agreement between it two to operate the conservatory as supervisor chan mentioned. we're in discussion now to reevaluate that agreement and really bring all three gardens together under one single agreement as opposed to having two different agreements for the different gardens. >> supervisor ronen: can you answer my question, whether or not this body has ever approved the contracting out of to the parks alliance under prop j? >> through the chair, i'm acting director of administration finance for the department. to be honest with you, this is before my time. i don't think i seen a prop j about the conservatory of flowers. this is a 501c3. it's on city land, golden gate park. my understanding it's a nonprofit.
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i'm happy to return with more information on the history of that agreement. >> supervisor ronen: i'm sorry. when we contract out with nonprofits, we have to approve that contracting out under proposition j whether it's for profit or nonprofit. i don't know why the nonprofit status should make a difference? i don't understand why it didn't come to this body. is it that you just don't know >> i don't believe it's come to the board for approval. i would have to come back and return with more information. now, i do understand that this is an agreement from 20 years ago. the conservatory of flowers renovated for $25 million. the previous version of the san francisco parks alliance helped with the fundraising campaign.
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this might have stemmed from there. i apologize. i'm not -- i'm happy to return with more information. >> supervisor ronen: okay, i have to say this does bring up lot of questions for me. i don't understand why it wasn't brought to us. this is city owned property run by rec and park it should be rec and park staff collecting fares if we choose to charge non-residents. that's a concern for me. i see where supervisor chan and peskin coming from. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you president walton and thank you supervisor chan for bringing this forward. i think it's an important issue. i was prepared to support the amendment. now hearing that -- i see there's some -- i was going to ask questions of our comptroller
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rosenfield. it's unusual. we considered all of the budget items together and now this one is sort of outside of it. i'm not clear why that's the case. >> president walton: i can give you clarity on that. i went for are the waiver on this item. >> supervisor haney: thank you. with that, i'm a little unclear what the consequences of continuing this is. i believe that's the right way forward. i don't understand what the consequences. i want to respect the agreement that we came to as a committee and with the mayor. to the chair, supervisor haney through the president.
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>> i don't believe the financial consequences are material on the budget. you just voted on. i could suggest one alternate approach procedurally. if it helps the situation. the charter does great this limitation on the board making amendments the fees that are carried with the budget. it does permit the mayor's office to agree to amendments. the motion that's been made by supervisor chan and amended by supervisor peskin could be accepted by the mayor's office and still incorporated in the legislation here today. >> president walton: that motion has been withdrawn. supervisor chan, i want to get clarity real quick. supervisor chan, we'll figure out by the time get done with
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conversations if that's something we're amendable. preview haney, my apology. >> supervisor haney: thank you for that clarity. through the president to our comptroller, when you say that the consequences are not material, can you clarify little bit so i understand? >> the rec and park would have to speak to the precise dollar value. in the scale of the budget that you adopted, i don't consider non-adoption of this extension here to be material in the scheme of the items you made. rec and park would have to peek to the dollar value. >> supervisor haney: okay. we could continue this and it wouldn't -- these changes without go into effect for the next number of months. they can still continue fees, they can't continue them under
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this updated schedule here. is that everyone's understanding? they can't charge at all? they can't raise the fees. that's my understanding. they can still charge. they couldn't raise the fees. >> the underlying rates will remain in place. it's the ability to flex price up and down to be suspended for the period that you're talking about. >> it's $10 and not $12. >> president walton: the fees collected will still go to park alliance? >> i'm not aware the contract that drives that. it's unrelated to legislation here today. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: i guess i understand little bit more now about the flex pricing.
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my question would be, -- the city is going to lose some revenue. it will be a small amount of revenue. why wouldn't we just continue it for one week and resolve the matter? sounds like the mayor's office is willing to accept those amendments and those amendments are what you had originally proposed. my question would be through the chair, if we continue the item for one week, it sounds like that will provide us the appropriate time to resolve the issue. then may be similar to the way budget negotiations go, as the comptroller tade, they can accept those proposed amendments and we can resolve it by the end of the board meeting. rather than continue the item to december. >> supervisor chan: technically, the mayor's office is ready to
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accept the original motion, which is the motion to insert river and put back the sunset clause of december 7th. so -- so they can come back with an m.o.u. and go from there. having the sunset clause december 7th, it's allowing frankly some deadline for the department to really update the m.o.u. it doesn't stop me from continuing on with the flexible pricing and collecting non-resident fees and flexible pricing rate. they will come back to us on december 7th. i think that's reasonable. we can have a conversation. i think that would allow both budget committee now with more contact. i want to say this as a former
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employee of rec and park. looking at my former colleagues now, they don't have -- i don't see them as trying to deceive us in any way. i think there's lack of historical contact institutional memory about how it came about. it is time to update this m.o.u. because 5% dozen go to -- does go to park alliance. thank you supervisor hillary ronen for raising those great questions. this money does go to m.o.u. we can all ask these questions and hold the city department and park alliance accountable on where the money going. the reason why the mayor's office is ready to confirm, i would again, withdraw my motion
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to continue the item to decembey original motion to amend the legislation as i read off earlier. it's to put back the sunset provision and with the expiration date of december 7, 2021. that is also on the condition where we will get an update on the m.o.u. >> supervisor haney: i have one more question. thank you for that clarification. >> president walton: real quick supervisor safai. just a procedural question, on that motion, how does that work for this body? >> i guess the original motion is also to cross out or strike out coit tower. >> president walton: that was your accepted amendment from supervisor peskin?
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from a procedural question, since we're not actually accepting the amendment, how does that work for this body? >> i think in this unusual circumstances, it would be acceptable for the mayor's office to say they are amendable to these amendments as if they were introducing them on their own behalf. >> these amendments are acceptable to the mayor's office. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: i wanted to ask rec and park a question. there's three separate, there were four, three separate entities the japanese teagarden conservatory of flowers and botanical garden. is the m.o.u. reconsidered. it is it only as it related to the conservatory flowers? is it all three entities?
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>> we are considering the operating structure of all three gardens. >> supervisor safai: as it pertains to the park alliance? >> my understanding, park alliance is only involved really with the conservatory of flowers. botanical garden society of san francisco is our partner at the botanical garden. i think this is a conservatory of flowers issue. >> conservatory flowers and japanese teagarden are the two we'll have that ongoing conversation changing that m.o.u. the model i think where working towards it will be what botanical garden currently has. we're going to bring that more information to the board in later this year.
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i do apologize our head of permits and property is not here. that's what we understand that will come back to the board at the end of the year. >> supervisor safai: thank you. may be one question for the comptroller. is there a threshold in terms of the -- when it comes to services under prop j? is there a size of the amount of work or the dollar amount or is it just the purpose of city work that can be done by city employees equal or lesser value? >> no, there's no dollar value threshold in the charter provision. there are other pads in the city's charter that don't have all items that involve a non-city provided service comes to the board.
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we should review this question offline. there are in some cases where contracting out is permitted with the approval with the civil service commission. we haven't reviewed the circumstance. we will and report back. >> supervisor safai: thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you. i want to thank the mayor's office and supervisor chan for coming to a reasonable commendation that will allow us to complete the budget. i just researched that if you joined the parks alliance, you can get additional tickets to conservatory flowers. i wonder if that includes the 5% or how that works? we'll figure that out in a separate hearing. >> president walton: thank you,
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so much. i do want to say, i think it is very interesting that there's an entity that receives money that belongs to the city and county of san francisco when we collect fees. that is a very interesting relationship. i 100% think it's inappropriate relationship. i want to make sure i stated that for the record. with that said, madam clerk, can we get a roll call on item 36 as amended and accepted by the mayor? would that be the right way to frame it? >> clerk: thank you for asking. our minutes will reflect that the mayor's office requested that the board of supervisors make these changes and the board agreed to do so. >> president walton: thank you. the roll call will be on item 36. >> clerk: on item 36 as amended by the board at the recommendation of the mayor.
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[roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first heat -- reading unanimously. please call item 37. >> clerk: an ordinance to approve contribution rates for calendar year 2022 and pursuant to charter. >> president walton: please call the roll on item number 37.
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>> clerk: on item 37. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. please call items 38 and 39 together. >> clerk: two resolutions that approved airport commission leases for item 38, this item approves the lease between
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a.l.d. development corporation doing business as airport di ementions for 12-year term with one-year options to extend and minimum annual guarantee of approximately $3.1 million for the first year of the lease. for item 39, this item approves terminal two retail market specialty retail stores concession lease between m.r.g. san francisco for a 12-year term of approximately $2.3 million for the first year of the lease. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no one on the roster. please call the roll for 38 and 39. >> clerk: on items 38 and 39. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: these resolutions are adopted unanimously. please call item number 40. >> clerk: resolution to retroactively authorize the department of public health to accept and expand approximately $1.6 million grant increase for a new total of $2.6 million from the health resources and services administration for program ending the hiv epidemic a plan for america, for the term march 1, 2020 through february 28, 2022. >> president walton: thank you. please call the roll for item number 40. >> clerk: on item 40. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. pleases call item number 41. >> clerk: resolution to approve for the purposes of the internal revenue code of 1986, section 147 subsection f as amended the issuance of obligation by the development authority in a principle amount not to exceed $450 million to finance the acquisition construction equipping improvements, renovation, rehabilitation, remodeling of the senior living and related facilities by front porch communities and services.
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>> president walton: thank you. please call the roll for item number 41. >> clerk: on item 41. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item 42. >> clerk: resolution to authorize the general manager of the public utilities commission to execute amendment number 3 to
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an agreement per customer and administrative services for community choice aggregation program with calpine energy solutions for continued meter data management and billing and customer care support of the cleanpowersf program. to increase the agreement by approximately $13.8 million for a new amount of $32.6 million with a three-year extension for a total duration of nine years through october 31, 2024. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no one on the roster, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 42. [roll call vote]
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there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. please call item 43-45 togetherly. >> clerk: three resolutions that approved two loan agreements for financing real property and a revenue note for affordable housing. item 43 directs the mayor's office of housing and community development with 2550 irving associates lp to execute loan documents for $14.2 million for a loan to provide financinger if the acquisition of real located. for predevelopment activity. item 44, authorizes the execution of a loan agreement with ambassador ritz four l.p.
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for a term of 55 years for the portion of the loan amount and maximum term of 15 years, 28 years and 40 years for other portions of the loan amount. based on the requirements of the funding sources to finance acquisition of an existing 100% affordable multifamily rental housing projects for low income households known as the ambassador ritz. item 45, to authorize execution and delivery of multifamily housing revenue note not to exceed $56 million for the purpose of providing financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 187 unit multifamily rental housing project located at 55 mason street and 216 eddie street known as the ambassador ritz. >> president walton: supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: i like to --
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i'm speaking on item 43 -- i like to thank them for bringing this important project forward. colleague, this is a historic moment to be considering funding for site acquisition for the sunset first 100% affordable housing development for low and moderate income families. the need for affordable housing is so often overlooked and ignored in the sunset. this development is one very important step to address the urgent need of residents priced out our neighborhood which has been a beacon for working class families. it's clear that 2550 irving has been controversial. we've all received the hundreds of e-mails and petitions both in support and opposition. like all projects, transparency and process matter. do i want to respond to several of the key concerns raised by the neighbors. first, questions have been
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raised around project financing including the high per unit cost and questions about the appraisal and purchase price for this project. i do appreciate these important questions and independent analysis, i really agree that we have a responsibility to ensure that our precious affordable housing resources are allocated responsibly. i have looked into the financing issues closely. i want to thank staff from mocd to helped me understand those issues and have expressed confidence that the costs are reasonable and justifiable. especially considering the large proportion of family size units. i do think that the high per unit cost, which is projected to be $960,000 per unit based on
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the initial analysis, it's extremely high. it does reflect one of the big challenges in our affordable housing strategy. that's just the high construction cost. mayor breed referred to it in her comments earlier. i'm committed to looking at new innovative new ways to finance and build affordable housing for cost effectively and quickly. second, many opinions have been expressed about the project design including height and bulk on site parking and target population for the future housing opportunities. these are issues -- these are important issues that will be determined through the ongoing predevelopment and neighborhood engagement process that tndc has been engaged in. the $14.3 million loan we're considering is funding the predevelopment work along with the site acquisition.
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it's not a specific project -- it's not funding a specific project beyond the general guidelines of affordable housing for low and moderate income families specified in the mocd note. finally, as a long time environmental health and justice advocate, i do concur with residents concerns about contamination of p.c.e. on site. p.c.e. contamination is fairly common in these type of development, due to lack of clear communication, even some misinformation, neighbors are rightfully concerned for their own health and safety and fearful of how the development
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at 2550 irving might exacerbate the conditions in their own home and neighborhood. in committee, i stressed my reservations to approve the loan agreement ahead of the completion of the dtsc environmental oversight process. which is required in order for the development to move forward. it is very frustrating to me that tndc and mocd and didn't complete the oversight process before bringing this loan approval forward to the board. i would have liked for this item to have been continued until dtsc issues final approval of tndc response plans. most of you are reluctant to delay board action out of concern. it could jeopardize the future of this important affordable housing project. loan agreement we are considering does make dispersement of loan funds contingent on dtsc final
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approval of tndc response plan. we cannot reduce resident fears about the health of their families to an overly simplistic, to oppose seven story affordable housing house. dtsc said that tndc response plan is common response. it will improve site conditions, off site conditions, as local government officials, we need to stay vigilant with the off site contamination and hold the right stakeholders accountable. my staff and i are committed to closely monitoring and support the three separate dtsc environmental processes to ensure the best outcomes if the environment and the health of resident and workers in the surrounding neighborhood. i do expect tndc, now that they are committing themselves as
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stakeholders, to become strong health and safety advocates for their tenants and the neighbors. colleagues, i really appreciate your consideration and your support in moving this very important project forward. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. i want to thank supervisor mar and mayor breed for bringing this before us. i think that -- i want to thank mayor's office of housing and community development and tndc, the west side community coalition. i think when it comes to affordable housing, especially 100% affordable housing, it really is desperately needed on
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the west side. i want to say that really definitely for the richmond as well. there's a long history for me, chinese-american, has been segregated in chinatown for the longest time. only way for the mixed generation were able to establish themselves now in sunset and in the richmond. they were able to go out of that boundary. it's only right that we as leaders and elected leaders on the west side to continue to make sure that history and that pathway exist for the next generation of immigrants and working families to come. i think that this project is critical. i want to thank colleagues for your support previously as well for the project at 4200 geary.
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i'm grateful for these projects and it's what we need. let's continue to remember that, truly to make sure that our housing is affordable. it's really about not just production and preservation. we got to fight for tenant protection, small site acquisitions. those are the investments that are necessary. with that, i'm willing to invest and work collaboratively with mayor breed with all of you colleagues to make sure we utilize every tool in our toolbox. one of my favorite colleagues, supervisor melgar said, when it comes to housing, let's do this and do this right by the most vulnerable people in our community that is in need of house. i'm proud to be supporting this project. thank you. >> president walton: thank you.
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supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you, i wanted to add my voice to the west side pride of the room. i thank my colleague, supervisor mar, for doing the hard work it took to get us to this point. i am not underestimating it. i saw all of the difficulty, the challenges and the hard work that you and your staff put in to support this project. i want to thank you very much because i think as i said earlier, during these difficult times of a climate crises and also an affordable housing crises. we need to expand our tool bar to be creative to be nimble, to organize support for paving the way for a sustainable future for
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our families. i'm grateful for all the work that you have done supervisor mar. i'm grateful to the mayor's office for sticking it out, per unit cost is high and we also need to do this. we need to build affordable housing for families, for seniors, for very low income people on the west side to make room for generations into the future. thank you colleagues. i will also be supporting this. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you. i wanted to quickly thank supervisor mar for his leadership, and courage and stepping up and supporting this project and for working so effectively with neighbors and listening to people and bringing this forward. i want to thank mayor breed for her leadership as well. we are all in agreement here on this board that we need to build
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more affordable housing. we need to build it everywhere in our city. we are very lucky to have three supervisors on the west side who are unapologetic in their support for affordable housing. i want to thank all three of you for your leadership and i'm excited about what is going to happen in the coming years because of your leadership. many ways, this is a first big step. we discussed this in committee that there are currently no mocd affordable housing new construction projects in district 4. there are over 14,000 in units in district 6. i know that this is a historic moment. it's a big deal. it has taken leadership. it's taken lot of work to bring the community along. it's going to take additional work.
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just as a district that has many affordable housing unit, i know this is hard work. i'm grateful to you supervisor mar, to mayor breed and to all of our west side supervisors for your tremendous leadership now and in the future. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you. i wanted to add my name chorus. i know this was a tremendously difficult process. i know that supervisor mar was personally assailed throughout this process. his resolve stayed firmed. you asked a lot of great questions. you asked the right questions. you ignored the misinformation and put the right information out there in a very thorough process and community process. sometimes i think leaning on your community organizing background, i think it's really helpful in the situation. the more conversations you had,
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the more the truth came to light. you highlighted the vapor. you highlighted the proposal to contain the small amount of contamination on site, which is very consistent with a lot of development that happens throughout the city. i want to appreciate you putting the first big step forward for your district. i think it will set the tone for lot of other parts of the west side and the work that's happening and some of the work that's already happened. i talked about how i'm here to work in partnership with you. we went through a similar struggle in district 11 which straddles an east side, west side part of san francisco demographic. keep up the great work. we're here to support you throughout this process. i want to appreciate mayor breed and her team for pushing this as a priority project for the city. the more we can do all throughout san francisco, the days when people believe that
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affordable housing is relegated to one part of our city is over. all of the places in our city will begin to have more affordable housing. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: i wanted to thank supervisor mar for his leadership as well as the west side affordable housing cheerleaders, supervisor melgar and chan as well. i wanted to assure or just give my personal respect and admiration for tndc for their tremendous work for any one who doesn't know them. they recently completed two incredible affordable housing projects in district 9 in the mission. displays highest level of professionalism and ability to get these jobs done and get them done well. i wanted to put that on the
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record and say that i'm very excited to see this go forward. >> president walton: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i will not repeat what has been said very well by my colleagues. i want to thank supervisor mar and our west side contingent and the mayor's office for making sure we are building affordable housing on the west side and just what's clear from all of our comment, there always will be folks who for whatever reasons, have their issues with affordable housing being built. i think it's important that as a board, that we speak clearly. i think we have. i appreciate your leadership and convening those conversations. i want you to know that i forone, sounds like many others, will be there with you, west side supervisors as you do the hard work. engaging your communities
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building around 100% affordable housing in your district. >> president walton: thank you colleagues. thank you supervisor mar. madam clerk please call the roll. >> clerk: on -- items 43-45. [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. please call items 46-49 together. >> clerk: four resolutions that retroactively authorize the mayor's office to accept various
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block grant program and entitlement funds from the u.s. department of housing. for item 46, this is the community development block grant program in the amount of $18.8 million and to expend estimated program amount in the amount of $5.8 million for combinely total $24.7 million for period july 12021 through the date when all the funds are expended. for item 47, the emergency solutions grant program entitlement for $1.5 million for an unspecified period. for item 48 this is the home investment partnership program entitlement. approximate amount of $5.1 million and to expend programming income in the amount of 100,000-dollar for a combined $5.2 million for the term july 1, 2021 through june 30,
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2026. housely opportunity for persons with aids in the amount of $7 million to expend program income of $5.9 million for a combined total of $12.9 million through june 30, 2026. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. would you please call the roll for item 46-49. >> clerk: [roll call vote] there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. these resolutions are adopted
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unanimously. please call item number 50. >> clerk: an ordinance to amend the planning business and tax regulations and police code to simplify procedures and allow flexibility for neighborhood cultural and entertainment establishment and to affirm the ceqa determination to make the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: i wanted to tell you, colleagues, little bit about this legislation. we struggled with it quite a bit at the land use committee. what you have before us is about half of what came to us. what we decided to do was split off all the things that were not controversial. that were really good idea. we all agreed on that could go forward and held back the stuff needed some more work. we split the file. what you have before you are the things that we talked about, vetted and thought.
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we heard quite a bit from all of your constituents about this piece of legislation. the things that we left on the table were things -- it wasn't consistent. like everyone was. opposed to all things. it was different constituents that had issues or concerns with different aspects of the legislation. i want to thank the mayor's office for all of the work. he put in enormous amount of brain power. i wanted to tell you little bit of background about this and to know that, there may be around two. we want to be thoughtful and responsive to the community's
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needs and how we go forward. thank you. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you. let me concur with land use chair melgar. it was another complicated road getting there. little bit like shared spaces. there was a lot of common ground and what emerged from the committee would expedite permit issues, providing protections for long standing places of entertainment, remove permit requirements all together for certain types of entertainment venue, help establish popup entertainment permits. the portions that did not move forward would have allowed non-commercial uses to expand into ground floor storefronts. would have stream lined review for chain stores.
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would have deleted so called use of abandonment provisions that fundamentally i think actually help repopulate vacant storefronts particularly combined with the forthcoming vacancy tax. we are open to further compromise. there are larger issues to get to tackle. there was discussion about having catering as accessory uses in restaurants. which is a good idea if we deal with the issue of ghost kitchens. this can be very detrimental to small businesses and mom and pop restaurants. [please stand by]
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>> supervisor safai: -- because she had to go through a change of use permit, and i think there was a time -- supervisor peskin would agree on this -- we had a process on design where we did not have antiformula retail in this city. we have formula retail now. it is very clear that every neighborhood commercial corridor in this city does not want to expedite formula retail, so this conversation -- thank you, supervisor chair
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melgar for splitting it up, duplicating it in committee, so we will bring that back up. the cafe in this story, she opened back up and just had her two-year anniversary, so we are super excited for excelsior coffee, so we will come back on the principally permitted 311 notification. we intended to come back with the idea of dealing with restaurants, and i think there's a specific provision in there that there will be no direct sales off-site.
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>> supervisor haney: -- on jobs, on tourism, so i really do think the pieces of this legislation that really streamlined some of the approvals and processes as it relates to entertainment and nightlife are critically important, as well. and i support the ones in there, and i think we have some more work to do on the ones that were left out. so i want to thank everyone for their leadership on this, and obviously, we'll have a conversation on what needs to be brought back moving forward, and thanks for bringing this up, chair melgar.
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>> president walton: thank you, supervisor haney. madam clerk, would you please call the roll on item 50. >> clerk: on item 50 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, this item passes unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 51. >> clerk: item 51 is an ordinance adopting regulation of vending within the
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jurisdiction of the port of san francisco requiring permitting and adopting the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. on item 51, madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 51 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call items number 52 and 53 together. >> clerk: items 52 and 53 are two ordinances that pertain to the hunters view phase one public infrastructure improvements.
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item 52 is the item that accepts an irrevokable offer of public infrastructure and real property associated with hunters view phase one public infrastructure improvements, including acacia avenue, catalina street, and portion social security of fairfax avenue, ironwood way, and middle point road.
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>> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, on items 52 and 53, please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. on items 52 and 53 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, these ordinances are passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 54. >> clerk: item 54 is a resolution granting revokable permission to fc5mm 2 exchange, l.l.c., to construct and
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maintain the pedestrian-only alley paseo on mary street between mission and minna streets fronting 434 minna street, the private underground telecommunications conduit connecting 434 minna street and 415 no tome astreet below portions of minna, natoma, and mary streets, and the private nonpotable water lines connecting 434 minna street and 415 natoma street below portions of minna and natoma streets and adopting the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 54 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this item is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, would you please call item 55. >> clerk: item 55 is an ordinance amending the health code to designate all certificate and accredited paramedics employed by the fire department to initiate temporary psychiatric holds subject to state law procedures and requirements adopted by the county behavioral health director, and require that the fire department and department of public health ensure that that designated fire department paramedics receive all appropriate training. >> president walton: thank you very much, madam clerk. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you very much. this is our attempt to bring the paramedics that are on the
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street and -- >> supervisor safai: i want to thank the fire department and their team for working so
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collaboratively with us. firefighters local 798, department of public health, and all of our firefighters and paramedics that are doing this workday in and day out. i also want to thank the mayor's office for their collaboration, and also my colleagues, thank you all for your support, and i really look forward to seeing this help take a positive step in our mental health crisis in san francisco. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you. i just wanted to make sure that i was added at a corespond or and thank supervisor safai for his leadership. you know, our fire department is often the ones who first come into contact with those
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experiencing mental illness, and especially as we look at alternatives to law enforcement for first responders as it relates to people that are experiencing mental illness, i think it is both reasonable, necessary, and effective to provide this tool to our paramedics who are already, really, the most common first responders as it relates to this set of folks that are in need. so i want to thank supervisor safai for your leadership and local 798 and everybody that came forward to work on this and i think it's going to improve our response on the street to people who are in higher need levels of care and treatment. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 55. >> clerk: on item 55 --
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[roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, the item is passed unanimously. madam clerk, call item 56. >> clerk: item 56 is a resolution determining that the transfer of a type-21 offsale general beer, wine, and distilled spirits liquor license to albeco, inc. doing
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business as mollie stone's market, located at 1600 jackson street, will serve the public convenience or necessarily, and requesting that the california department of alcoholic beverage control impose a condition on the issuance of the license. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 56 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 57. >> clerk: item 57 is an ordinance to amend the administrative code by codifying a grant award
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process. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, president walton. colleagues, i just want to start out by looking at the legislative digest. it's something that i always do to make sure i understand the existing law and understand how and why we're changing the law, and the existing law on this subject says there are no existing law on procedures for awarding grants. city awarding grants have been governed by the current process since 1997, and i want to start off by saying that laws around this are long overdue, and i want to thank the rules committee for seeing just that. all the members of the rule committee signed on as cosponsors, and chair peskin said he can't believe we haven't had laws in place for 25 years to address this. i want to thank the cosponsors who came on today to support this, supervisors safai, haney
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x mar. this reforms the way that the city conducts grant making to -- haney, and mar. on going local and federal investigations have made clear that we need more accountability in government from our city departments. this ordinance will be a significant step forward to safeguard taxpayer dollars. this ordinance was drafted after the city auditor's review came outlooking at public works, and it's specifically reviewing finding number six in that report. in that report, the city auditor found public works issued 19 contracts or 19 grants totaling $24 million using the same process they use to select contracts through three qualified pools, which was a source of corruption on its own, as we know. the city auditor was found that
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these grants were made in accordance with city policy only because there was no city policy, and the problem is larger than public works. they also found during the same public period spanning 2016 to 2020, they issued 5,642 grants totaling $5.2 billion. that means that nearly 2 -- spanning 2019 to 2020, they issued 5,642 grants totaling $5.2 billion. departments have had unlimited discretion in the manner and method by which they make these awards which can look and feel very similar to a contract, yet they are subject to much lower scrutiny. although guidance has been provided by the city attorney's office, it is nonbinding and does not carry the force of law.
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this will create a new chapter in the existing code could create standards for the notification, publication, oversight, and selection for these grant
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11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this item is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item
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58. >> clerk: item 58 is a motion approving the mayor's nomination for appointment of jason wright to the historic preservation commission, for a term ending december 31, 2024. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 58 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this motion is approved unanimously. madam clerk, would you please call items 63 and 64 together. >> clerk: items 63 through 67
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were considered at a meeting of the government audit and oversight committee at a regular meeting on thursday, july 15 to send the following items at committee reports, and mr. president, you wanted me to read items 63 and 64 together? >> president walton: correct. >> clerk: item 63 is an ordinance amending the health code to repeal the requirement that advertisements inform sugar sweetened beverages include a warning about the potentially harmful health effects of consuming such beverages. and item 64 is is an ordinance authorizing the entry of a joint stipulation in the lawsuit filed by the american beverage association, california state outdoor advertising association, and california retailers association against the city
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and county of san francisco. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: on items 63 and 64 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, these ordinances are passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 65. >> clerk: item 65 is a resolution authorizing adoption of the san francisco mental health services act annual update fiscal year 2021-2022. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you. next item, please. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. on item 65 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. and without objection, this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk, would you please call items 66 and 67 together. >> clerk: item 66 is a resolution approving the director of property on behalf of the department of homelessness and supportive housing, to execute a purchase and sale agreement for the purchase of real property located at 888 post street, for $29 million plus typical closing costs, from tcii 888 post, l.l.c., and authorizing
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the director of property to execute documents, make certain modifications, and take certain actions in furtherance of the purchase agreement, the purchase option, the lease, and this resolution. and item 67 is a resolution authorizing the director of property, on behalf of the department of homelessness and supportive housing, to exercise a lease extension option for approximately 8,646 rental square feet of office space located at 601 van ness avenue, suite 57, with opera plaza, l.p., for use as administrative offices. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, would you call the roll, please. >> clerk: on items 66 and 67 --
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[roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, these resolutions are adopted unanimously. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: and colleagues, i just want to thank you. the fourth charm is a time. i searched for a navigation center site for literally five years, and just a few words of thanks first to the community that has warmly embraced our first nav center, and to the property owner who was willing to lease it to us and subsequently sell it to us, tidewater, and h.s.h. for their tireless support of the process, and to the department of real estate, particularly josh keane, for figuring out how to put this together, as well as the controller's
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office. i cannot be more delighted to finally get a navigation center in the northeast corner of san francisco. thank you one and all, and particularly to my chief of staff, who has been all over this from day one. thank you, colleagues. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. madam clerk, please call item 68. >> clerk: i'll first state, mr. president, that items 68 through 72 were considered by the land use and transportation committee at a regular committing on monday, july 19. item 68 was not considered is mooted. >> president walton: thank you. would you please call item 69. >> clerk: thank you. item 69 is an ordinance
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amendmenting the environmental code to update the city's city's -- excuse me. is an ordinance amending the environment and public works codes to require transporters transporters -- >> president walton: supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. we still have a long ways to go, and this is the aspirational statement of those goals. having said that, we obviously don't want to set ourselves up to fail. supervisor preston queried the department of the environment
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not once, not twice, not three times, but precisely four times as to how much more ambitious we could be to the climate action plan, and to that end, we sped up certain dates, increased certain persons, owned, without a single cricket from the department of the environment until last night, when they wanted us to continue it, i don't think we need to continue it. they have set forth some why reasons as to why two of the three well means and ambitious changes that we made on page 10 for item 69 first, that by 2030, nine years from now, that there be a reduction in sector based greenhouse gas emissions of -- they said 61%. committee voted unanimously voted 70%.
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they have set forth a case, albeit 24 hours after the fact, as to why they think that is too ambitious. again, the same with 2040 reduction in consumption of greenhouse gas based emission. again, it was 30%. we pushed them to 40%. albeit 24 hours later, they think 30% is much more real particular, although they can live with the third amendment, moving from 2045 to 2040, reducing such emissions 90% from 1990 levels. so rather setting them up for failure and what they think is ambitious, realistic, i would regrettably suggest that we change at, i'm sorry, page 7,
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at line 12, revert the 70% back to 61%, at line 15, revert the 50% back to 40%, but keep all of the other amendments that the committee had made. i wished that happened yesterday in committee, but it didn't, and rather than have this go back to committee or continue it at the full board, i figured that we would do that here today and be one and done. thank you, colleagues. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. do we have a second? >> supervisor melgar: second. >> president walton: seconded by supervisor melgar. madam clerk, on the amendments. >> clerk: on the amendment to item 69 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, the amendments pass unanimously. >> supervisor peskin: mr. president, i have just been informed by a staff from the mayor's office that there was one other spot where we could have, would have changed 2045 to 2040, on page 8, line 16, is that correct? so that's a change to the good, moving things up. thank you for catching that, so i would like to make that amendment. my apologies for not making that earlier. thank you for catching that. >> president walton: and on that amendment, do we have a second? seconded by supervisor safai.
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did we catch that? >> clerk: yes, we did. >> president walton: roll call on the amendment. >> clerk: on the amendment on item 69 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, the motion carries unanimously. madam clerk, item 69 as amended. >> clerk: on item 69 as twice amended -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: you have 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 70. >> clerk: item number 70 is an ordinance amending the
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administrative code to establish a rebuttable presumption that a commercial tenant who was legally required to shutdown due to covid-19 may be excused from having to pay rent that came due during the shutdown. >> president walton: thank you. roll call, please, on item number 70. >> clerk: on item number 70 -- [roll call] . >> clerk: you have 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously.
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madam clerk, please call item 71. >> clerk: item 71 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to eliminate the expiration of a preference in city affordable housing for displaced tenants due to a fire category three, and extend the period for which a displaced tenant due to fire may utilize the preference, from three years to six. >> president walton: thank you. please call the roll on item 71. >> clerk: on item number 71 -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously.
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madam clerk, please call item 72. >> clerk: item 72 is an ordinance to amend the planning code to correct typo graphic cal errors, update outdated cross-references, and to make nonsubstantive revisions to clarify or simplify code language, to affirm the ceqa determination, and to make the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on item 72 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you.
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without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 73. >> clerk: item 73 through 75 were considered by the ruled committee at -- rules committee at a regular meeting on july 19, 2021. item 73 is an ordinance approving surveillance technology policies by multiple city departments. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, colleagues. it seems like days ago, but it was actually yesterday at the rules committee that we had a really robust conversation about this item which includes some 32 surveillance policies governing security policies, drones, automated license plate readers and radio frequency identification at the library as those are used by a host of departments ranging from p.u.c., rec and parks, library, human services, fire, human
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resources department, and others. these policies are ultimately the result of the voter approved privacy first charter amendment, which voters overwhelmingly adopted in 2018, and the subsequent surveillance oversight ordinance that the board passed in 2019, which, as you'll recall, included a first in the nation ban on the use of facial recognition technology. and i think we should all be proud of this work, and i really want to extend my thanks to the city administrator's office, particularly to matthias jaime, the director of the department of information technology who has gone above and beyond and done extraordinary work to guide these departments into initial compliance. these policies keep the city, i think, at the cutting edge of
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municipalities who are taking steps to properly oversee the use of surveillance technologies and make sure that residents and visitors are protected, and their civil rights are protected while keeping us safe. we also discussed improvements to the underlying legislation -- this was our first time out, and i will continue as author of the legislation to work to streamline the approval process as well as focus resources as these policies develop to minimize staff rooms. with that, colleagues, i leave it to you, and madam clerk, if i could be listed as a sponsor, i would like to do so. thank you, colleagues. >> clerk: notes. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin.
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supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you, president walton. i want to speak briefly to item 74 -- >> president walton: supervisor mar, we are actually on item 73. >> supervisor mar: oh, sorry. >> president walton: no worries. madam clerk, please call the roll on item 73. >> clerk: on item 73 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this item is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 74. >> clerk: item 74 is an
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ordinance to amend the administrative code to establish the sunset chinese cultural district, to require the mayor's office of housing and community development to submit written reports and recommendations to the board of supervisors and the mayor describing the cultural attributes of the district and proposing strategies to acknowledge and preserve the cultural legacy of the district and affirming the ceqa determinations. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you. this is a tremendously important initiative to elevate the unique cultural i'd fee and historic role of chinese businesses, residents, and organizations in the sunset district for over 60 years. it will also foster leadership and collaboration to support the resiliency and vitality in the space of many challenges,
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including gentrification, the loss of many small businesses, and antiasian hate. as we were getting input on priority community needs through the sunset forward process, many spoke about the importance of increasing support for the chinese community in the sunset to address its unique challenges and ensure that this important cultural community is able to thrive into the future, and i really want to acknowledge supervisor ronen's leadership in sponsoring the legislation that really creates the current framework for our city's cultural district strategy.
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the sunset chinese cultural district is in line with that framework. i want to thank all of the stakeholders for their community support, and i also want to thank our city staff for their support of the initial planning process and the historic preservation
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commission for their support and consideration of this important proposal. and i'd like to acknowledge the ground breaking research and documentation of the rich history of chinese in the sunset district completed by the chinese historical society of america with support by my predecessor, katy tang. this supports background and foundation for the initiative, and the wonderful exhibit that was created will hopefully find a new home in the sunset through this new initiative. and colleagues, i thank you and urge your support. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: yes, thank you. supervisor mar, so excited to see the first cultural district on the west side and like to be added as a cosponsor. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: yes,
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wanted to be added as a cosponsor, as well, and wanted to say thank you, supervisor mar, for your leadership. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar, and add me as a cosponsor, as well. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on item 74 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 75. >> clerk: item 75 was recommended to the board. item 75 is a motion to appoint three members, for indefinite terms to the redistricting task
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force. the appointments being jeremy lee, jose maria chima hernandez gil, and jay machia pierce. >> president walton: thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. on item 75 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this motion is approved unanimously. madam clerk, remember now at roll call for -- we are now at roll call for introductions.
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>> clerk: first up for new business is supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i'm asking that we adjourn today's meeting in memory of sarah miller gearhart, who died on july 14, 2021, in ukiah, california, at the age of 90. sally was a truly admiring member. she was born in paris burg, virginia, april 9, 1931. after her parents divorced, she moved into her grandmother's boarding house. sally earned her b.a. in drama and english from sweet briar college. she then began her career in academia in texas, where she
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struggled with her sexuality and remained closeted. in 1969, she finally moved to san francisco so she could live an out life. under her leadership, the university was the first to develop a course dealing with sex roles and communications. her partner was also a professor at san francisco state. jane died in 2010. in 1978, she worked closely with harvey milk to defeat proposition 6, which would have banned gay men and lesbians from teaching in california state and public schools.
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over the next several decades, sally continued to advocate for lgbtq rights, animal rights, and the environment. in addition to her work in academia and activism, she was also a successful author whose work crossed many genres. she also cowrote loving women, loving men, gay liberation and the church, which took aim at the conservative churches that barred lgbtq from fellowship. she was portrayed by actress carrie preston in the 2017 abc
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mini series, when we rise. and her personal and academic papers have been entrusted to the university of oregon.
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>> supervisor melgar: -- that leaves us all pulling our hair out, so we have a little known pedestrian bridge in the west side -- in the west portal neighborhood in my neighborhood on kensington and portola. residents started organizing weekly cleanups, and it was so successful, they engaged the department of public works to plant a few little plants. the neighbors, feeling energized, wanted to paint a mid century modern art on the
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bridge to prevent it from being painted with graffiti. we tried to get approvals and this is where we hit a wall. we were told that a major encroachment permit was necessary for paint. this would be needlessly expensive and burdensome, and we are now thankfully being told that an encroachment permit is not necessary, but we need to deal with another process that deals with the department of real estate and the arts commission. we have another bridge in sunnyside that has met similar road blocks that should involve beautification involving paint and a broom. it's been a site for students and neighbors, used by pedestrians to get to the b.a.r.t. station. however, we cannot move forward on adding a painted design to
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this bridge to fight vandalism. we actually have secured the funding, but we cannot use it. i am appreciative of the staff at the department of public works for helping to problem solve every step of the way, but this entire process reflects the need for policy and procedures that are simple and nimble. we should be able to make it easier for residents to help make our city clean beautiful, and accessible. i will be working with legislation with public works this fall on similar legislation, but i feel it's important to bring this ledge -- legislation to the board now to shine a light on other districts that may be facing similar challenges. i want to thank the dedicated
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community leaders who have not given up despite all of these challenges being put in their way and for the other volunteers who serve the community out of pure love. they're not getting any recognition or compensation for their countless hours of work, and thank you to colleagues for indulging me, and i hope that i can partner with you on this. i also want to announce that i'm working with the department of environment and city attorney on legislation phasing out gas powered leaf blowers and replacing them with electric powered leaf blowers. i want to make sure that this gets done citywide. i will be looking to phase out gas powered leaf blowers in both public and private sectors while paying attention to the racial and economic justice issues that arise. the use of electric lawn and
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guard equipment has the potential to lower the cost of equipment, reduce noise pollution, eliminate exposure to criteria pollutants, and it also addressed a fundamental environmental justice issue as it will protect the hearts, lungs, and health of landscaping workers who are overwhelmingly low-income latino men in our city. according to the u.s. and e.p.a. in 2018, an estimated 20 tons of emissions were emitted by the landscaping sector. we will be working with the p.u.c., the recreation and parks department, and d.p.w.,
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as we move toward this change. thank you, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, madam clerk. on behalf of myself and supervisor safai, i'd like to adjourn today's board meeting in the memory of wallace wally levin, who was a kind, lovely gentleman who served as the county veterans service officer for this county for 15 years. he was a third generation san franciscan, a veteran of the korean war, and for 15 years, chaired the mayor's memorial day citizens committee, which hosted its annual commemoration at san francisco cemetery in the presidio.
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he was instrumental in getting the state to rename a section of freeway as veterans boulevard. he will be missed, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor preston? thank you. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. colleagues, today, i'm asking the biden administration allow all those seeking asylum in the country as they await that process. last year, the trump administration invoked title 42
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to trap migrants at the border. the treatment of immigrants and refugees by the previous federal administration was brutal. in 2018, trump instituted a policy to separate migrant infants and children from their parents. title 42 was an extension of that policy whereby the border was completely closed, and those seeking asylum were forced to stay in mexico, making refugee camps along the border trapping thousands and forcing them to live in squalor amid a pandemic. this april, i along with president walton, supervisor haney, and staff with supervisor melgar's office went to the border to see what was going on. our worst fears were confirmed. the situation was as dire as
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has been warned. modifications will leave unaccompanied minors, transitional age youth, women, and transgender individuals open to violence. colleagues, i urge your support in asking the biden administration to lift all rule 42 limitations. and colleagues, it is with deep sadness that i am asking for a memorial adjournment in today in memory of the mother of our city administrator, ann su.
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she came to america with nothing but hopes and dreams of a better life for her children and family. as vietnamese refugees, they built their knowledge of english and established a network of caring and amazing friends throughout the country. anna dedicated percent to her family. she was the -- herself to her family. she was the cook, chauffeur, seamstress, and nurse. after completing her required credentials in the u.s. anna realized her dream to
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become a teacher. with the desire to be her own boss, she opened a small asian grocery store in boston and was the main supplier of fresh vegetables to many of the asian restaurants in chinatown. she used to say that her market was a meeting place because it's what brings people together. she was always generous with her heart and time and truly lived her american dream. today would have been anna's 71 birthday. we celebrate her life and her spirit will live on forever through her children, grandchildren, relatives, and many friends throughout the world. our hearts and deep sympathy go out to our director of dcyf,
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maria su, and if we could take this on behalf of the entire board, and colleagues, the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, this past friday, i received a final response from the district attorney, chesa boudin and police chief bill scott. if you recall, in may, we had requested additional data from both the police department and the district attorney regarding organized retail crime and retail theft happening in san francisco. the data that we received was somewhat incomplete and did not provide answers to all the questions that we had.
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however, the most jarring finding that i received from my letter of inquiry was that the number of annual repeated shoplifters that were reoffending over and over in our city. we have over 200 repeat offenders in an annual basis in a normal year, excluding last year during covid, and these were constantly -- there was about 25% of those that were constantly multiple offenders over and over. so for us, we feel like there's considerable more work to be done. we've all seen the headlines from target, requesting -- not requesting, but reducing their hours. had a good conversation with a representative of target. they said very clearly it had everything to do with retail crime and the brazen nature of retail crime. we've seen the cases in walgreens, we've seen the cases all over our city.
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and yes, the data might say specifically that cases are not substantially on the increase, but in the brazen nature, they are, and chief scott said yesterday in his conference that they are increasing in brazenness. target spoke specifically about the fear and mental health of their employees on a daily basis. it's one of the reasons why they reduced their hours. i spoke with the head of united food and commercial workers who work in safeway, who work in walgreens. they, too, are very concerned about the brazen nature of the crime that's happening and the health and safety of their employees. so because of this, we'd like to put together a work group. we want the police department, the district attorney, the coalition of community benefits districts, the chamber of commerce, the hotel council,
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and s.f. travel, along with -- had good conversations with naacp and the interfaith council, along with the council of district merchants, and we would like also the superior court to join. we feel like there's too many gaps in what's happening in this process. we need greater accountability, and we need to stop this. it's affecting our reputation as a city, it's affecting the health and safety of our workforce. it's endangering people's health and safety that are just casual shoppers or just shoppers themselves, and we need to turn this around. so look forward to putting this work group together, and we will move aggressively to come up with some strong recommendations. and then finally, colleagues, introducing an ordinance today that has to do with our urban forestry and tree canopy. the board of appeals found a
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gap in the process in the punishment levees against people that are destroying trees in the process. when the department of public works removes trees themselves in the city right away, that they have a certain amount of time that they have to replace those trees and the process by which they go through for replacing those trees. if we're asking the public and private entities to replace trees in a similar manner, the city should be following a similar and defined process. also, when trees are removed, the fines for those trees being removed is going to be increased in this process, along with the administrative penalties and the ability to bows those penalties. and finally, as part of any new
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construction plan or revitalisation of any particular property, if the tree is within a drip line, that there would have to be a tree protection plan. the reason for that is often trees are damaged in the construction process, and then there's no real value imposed or fine imposed. so this is an up front plan that would have a person involved in the construction know exactly what the replacement cost it, and they would submit that to the department of building inspection. that was another suggestion at work. i want to thank the bureau of urban rest especialliry, the board of appeals, and all the individuals from public works that have been involved in this process because we have lost a significant amount of our urban tree canopy, and it's important
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that we have a framework for penalties and how we ask for replacements, and the rest i would submit. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani? thank you. president walton? >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. today, i'm urging a resolution for student debt loan cancellation. 42.9 million people are federal student loan borrowers, totaling 1.59 trillion in outstanding debt. the federal reserve bank of san francisco estimated in 2019 that the bay area is home to approximately 735,000 student loan borrowers who owe a collective $20.6 billion in student debt. student loan debt not only impacts college students, but their families and communities.
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people of all ages. student loan debt is prevalent across the entire country, harming every race and ethnic group, but disproportionately black, indigenous, immigrant, and working families of color. women also hold two thirds of all student debt. here in san francisco, bayview-hunters point and treasure island are the top biggest student debt distress hotspots in the bay area. student debt is one driver of the racial wealth gap, and cancelling student debt can help us close this debt. because black women are paid 61 cents for every dollar a white man is paid, it is harder to payoff this student debt. black borrowers also don't have
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intergenerational wealth to draw on. they are more likely to fall behind in repayment and are much more frequently the targets of predatory practices from student loan companies as 71% borrow for their education compared to 58% of latino students and 45% of white students. cancelling debts would add millions of jobs and $86.8 billion to the economy for the next decade. i would like to thank our former intern who brought this to our attention and is a fellow with s.f. rising this summer, working on cancelling student debt. also along with mayor breed, supervisors safai and melgar, we are introducing legislation to amend chapter 14-b, the
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local business enterprise and nondiscrimination and contracting ordinance. we have been gathering feedback from our city's l.b.e. and women business owned communities and i'm happy to announce these changes will include but not limited to increasing l.b.e. certification size thresholds and authorizing an automatic increase to the threshold every five years based on the consumer price index. change to l.b.e. certification size threshold based on the average of gross annual receipt in the prior years to five years. increased penalties for violations of chapter 14-b from 10% to 25% of the contract or subcontract amount require prime contractors to include l.b.e. and w.b.e. subcontractors approve payment
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requests within 30 days. authorize application of separate l.b.e. subcontracts for micro, small, and s.b.a. l.b.e.s. extend the borrowing assistance program to certain construction projects and finally create a pilot protege mentorship program. authorize a pilot l.b.e. neighborhood program and increase the contracting threshold amount from 709,000 to $1 million and minimum competitive amount from 129,000 to $200,000. these changes will allow the city to apply a sliding scale of [inaudible] discounts for different types of contractors as well as create a neighborhood l.b.e. program and
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mentorship opportunities for our local business enterprises. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, madam clerk. i will be submitting today. >> clerk: thank you. and supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: first, i have a resolution in support of a.b. 1256, which would protect individuals from being discriminated against in hiring or prevent them from being terminated on the results of their drug screening test. when tests are conducted for cannabis, it only shows the presence of cannabis metabolites. california employers are still permitted to take employment action against employees for
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testing positive for marijuana regardless of whether that employee legally utilized marijuana for medicinal purposes as a result of a 2008 ruling, ross versus raging wire communications. the california supreme court held that employers are not [inaudible] for disability or injury because it remains illegal under federal law, and because the underlying legislation did not specifically compel employers to permit marijuana use in the workplace. this requires the state of california to take action following 20 other states that have protected employment rights for cannabis users, and this is a critical step that we can take as a state to protect california workers from unfair discrimination. next, i'm introducing a hearing on the city of san francisco's primary customer service response center, 311. all of us have had experience
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with 311. we use it to support our constituents, and hundreds of 311 reports with filed each year. right now, departments are not
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under obligation to respond. shine s.f. put forth improvements to the city's spear headed connector app, and i think it's important that we hear about those plans, that we provide input into them and feedback and do all we can to improve this most critical city function. lastly, i'm introducing and announcing my intent to have the city attorney draft an ordinance regarding construction wage theft. the goal of this ordinance is to ensure compliance with the wage theft protection act of 2011 by requiring confirmation by owners, contractors, and subcontractors of the rate of pay and other legally required information recording mandatory and voluntary fringe benefits of the labor code. if enacted, san francisco would be the fourth and largest city in the bay area to enact a form
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of this. construction workers who do not receive all of their wages and mandatory benefits are likely to find that many victims are likely to be victims of wage theft often because they are unaware of their rights or because the state lacks adequate resources to advocate on their behalf. general contractors and developers who receive city permits and licenses and who benefit from construction workers labor may claim immunity from making workers whole. statewide, the construction industry is the industry with the second highest level of labor standards violations. of course, most of the people who are engaged in contracting or developing are good actors and will not violating any of these laws, and it's critical that we provide the monitoring to ensure that folks with
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following these laws and are aware of them. department labor commissioners conducted 985 labor inspections in the private industry, which yielded 595 violations. this mismatch between the resources of the state and the scope of the issue of fundamental wage protections through disclosure and transparency requires the involvement of local government. we want to make sure that the wage act of 2011 is fully complied with and we have the information at the local level to do so. i look forward to having conversations with all of you as soon as we get a draft of the legislation from our city attorney. i look forward to the conversation about how we can make sure we protect our construction workers and ensure effective monitoring of existing state laws, and the
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rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor haney. seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president walton: thank you very much, madam clerk. at this time, we are now at public comment. >> clerk: at this time, we are now at public comment. the best way to provide public comment and to avoid delay is to call in for public comment. the number streaming on your screen is 415-655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 146-084-4915. press pound and pound again. to enter the speaker's queue, to enter public comment, press star, three, and when it is your turn, the system will send you a prompt, you have been unmuted. right now, we have 21 listeners
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and 11 members who are ready to make their public comment. i will just say a word about the items eligible for public comment. the items 78 through 83, you may speak on, you may speak on the minutes, on the mayor's appearance, but you are not able to speak on the budget items. those items are 8 through 30. we will move to the next caller. so each caller will have up to two minutes, so operations, let's hear from the first caller, and i'll set the timer for two minutes. welcome, caller. >> my name is francisco dacosta, and i would like to speak on vaccinations. we, the people, need to get a clear understanding of how many people are fully vaccinated, meaning those who have taken
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two doses or it's like you have to take two doses of fulfilling the vaccination, and after taking the one dose or two doses, two weeks, that involves you being fully vaccinated. we don't want the mayor and others saying 86% of people are vaccinated when they are not. they're only vaccinated when they've taken the full dose. if we do not do due diligence, then we are playing with fire. number two, m.t.a. has a lot of money, close to $600 million,
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but they are not providing the necessary transportation on all the lines. and you, you board of supervisors, you represent the people, so you have to do due diligence. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, mr. dacosta. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> oh, hello. my name's dale [inaudible]. i represent california natural [inaudible] for marijuana laws, and we were involved in san francisco's own past breaking efforts here to make medical marijuana legal years ag and are really upset at the discrimination that was shown in the banning of sha'carri
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richardson, and we join the supervisors for condemning it. these drug tests with blatantly discriminatory. they have nothing to do with performance. it's junk science. they detect these inactive residues of marijuana that don't make you high and don't influence you at all but stay in your system for days and weeks after use. they should not be used, and we also want to thank supervisor haney for introducing a resolution in support of assembly man [inaudible] bill, 1486, to finally put an end to this chemical mccarthyism here in california. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments, sir.
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all right. we have about 19 listeners and nine callers in the queue. let's welcome the next caller, please. >> linda chapman. i'm glad to hear that there's going to be consideration of the department of building inspection coming up in september, so i'll defer my comments on that subject for then. when i was discussing their corruption last week, i inadvertently spoke to planning department, but it was d.b.i., and planning staff had still not dealt with the false zoning maps that were issued seemingly by a computer, and this is very serious, but it isn't public skrupgs. what i am concerned about is the pay to play operations that they are involved with all the time inadvertently, i think, whether they're dealing with the corrupt little group that
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defeated robert barney and the 900 members of the nob hill association. i am just sending you a memo about grub stake on pine street, which is one of the contributing members of the lgbtq neighborhood on pine street. not only was it important, but it has, in the lgbtq district proposed, which is now another contributing building to be gone, together with the other one that was just proposed to be eliminated, both opposed by lower polk neighbors, i received three requests to report lower polk neighbors to the f.b.i., and they're asking
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for 3,000 for their support. disempowering my neighbors in return for the money that the developers will pay them is just extraordinary, and it is promoted by city officials, including board of supervisors and inadvertently, the planning department. >> clerk: thank you. thank you, mrs. chapman. okay. we have 19 listeners and 15 ul ul -- and 15 callers who are ready to make comment. >> hello, supervisors. i am calling to ask if you will please consider opening up your hearings to the public. at least allow people that are arguing their appeals or their surrogates to come in person. if we have been granted an appeal or topic to speak to as an agenda item, that means we have already made extraordinary
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sacrifices to get on your agenda, so i would ask to let us be heard and see you in erin approximate, especially for those -- see you in person, especially for those who are black and person, when we don't feel heard. i understand that covid is at play and a very real risk, but you can stillet up rules for safety while allowing us to come and review the process. i also want to know why the city is tolerating the ineptitude of the planning department. we have no choice but to wait and come to the board of supervisors. while i appreciate that we have you as elected officials, and you are responsive, this is totally inappropriate. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your
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comments, and we do look forward, we are optimistic that we will have the public back in the chamber when it's possible to do so. okay. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good evening, supervisors. i'm calling to ask you to please, please open your doors to the public at your hearings and stop alienating the citizens this city that you are supposed to serve with our tax paying dollars. the whole city is open now. if restaurant workers, store employees, hospital workers, hospitality workers, and essentially all of our working class citizens are required to be present, serving the public in person, why aren't you serving us in person at your hearings? consider the message you're sending by sheltering yourselves from the public. instead of alienating us,
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welcome us back. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. currently, we have about 21 listeners and about 14 members of the public ready to speak in the queue. let's hear from the next caller, please. welcome, caller. welcome, caller. >> am i up right now? >> clerk: yes, welcome. >> thank you. this is peter warfield, executive director of library users association. we can be reached at libraryusers2004@yahoo.com, and p.o. box 107544, san francisco, california, 94107-0544.
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last year, library users association brought a complaint against the library commission for not allowing people to make appropriate public comment, which pretty much came to a head in july 2020 for a number of reasons. incorrection and mis -- incorrect and misleading instructions, things that weren't happening in a meeting, pressing a button to indicate an interest in speaking, which the directions didn't say, and lowers does the opposite, indicates a lack of interest. silence claimed to be going on when you press one of those buttons, when, in fact, it's almost impossible to understand what was being said by the system when you are listening especially to the vigorous conversation of other people. the meeting of the library
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commission, later at that meeting, i told them what had happened at the sunshine task force, also that there was not a free access to the meeting. when the minutes came out this month, there was no mention whatsoever what the issues were -- or that the commission had lost or any such thing. when i pointed it out, they reiterated their cover up by refusing to correct anything that i had said about that meeting. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. >> thank you. >> clerk: operations, let's have the next caller, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is dave goldman, and i'm the president of the san francisco [inaudible] democratic club.
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i want to thank supervisor walton for his support of sha'carri richardson. i'm also calling in support of supervisor haney's support of resolution of a.b. 1256, the employment bill. in the same way we don't discrimination against people who use alcohol or tobacco away from work on nights and weekends, when they're not impaired at work, of course, we should grant the same rights to medical cannabis, consumers and adult consumers of cannabis. if you're not high on the job, you're doing your job well, and you only use cannabis during nights and weekends, you should not feel that your job is in jeopardy. in the same way that in the 1970s harvey milk was the
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[inaudible] to introduce a resolution in support of human rights ordinance which passed in san francisco, we would like to see the board of supervisors continue the tradition of supporting human rights for medical cannabis and adult consumers of cannabis and in support of sha'carri richardson. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello. nice to speak to everyone on the board today. my name is vanessa, and i currently attend san francisco state university. i'm an active community member and organizer within san francisco. with the pandemic [inaudible] the last thing we should be worried about is student debt. as someone who is a first generation working [inaudible] and comes from an immigrant family, i know what it's like
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to be burdened [inaudible] for the future of the san franciscans which you serve, this is one cause that should be at the top of your priority list because the access to free education shouldn't be a bar to those who can't afford to go to college. economic justice is immigrant justice, economic justice is disability justice. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for calling. next speaker, please. >> hello, board of supervisors. my name is tina brown, and i
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wanted to speak on the cancelling of student debt. i have an experience of my daughter being the first generation to go to college and meet -- we was born and raised in san francisco, and only for her to come back with a large amount of student debt and become a mother herself and to have a -- you know, the student funds take money away from her tax returns and several other little things. i really support this, and i hope it can be approved to help generations get out of student debt and to help generations coming. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> greetings, board of supervisors. my name is elizabeth gal, and i would like to share why you
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should support the elimination of federal student debt cancellation. as someone born and raised in san francisco by an immigrant family in wuhan, i am grateful to be in my second year at the university of washington. even after financial aid and scholarships, my family and i are struggling. to pay our debt, my dad was to borrow -- has to borrow money from family members while my mother works at our family restaurant. when i was a youth leader at chinese progressive association, the topic of student debt cancellation and free college for all was part of our ultimate vision with our [inaudible] in our hands. students that struggle are not
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individual issues but rather intersectional preservations of discrimination. it will eliminate 40 million people from the financial, mental, emotional, and physical stress, especially those of bipoc working class and students of minorities and immigrant communities. please ensure that those people will be one step closer to achieving their dreams. i would like to especially thank the debt collective, s.f. rising students and fellows, claudia, natalie, and president walton to take on student debt cancellation. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. we have 20 who are listening and ten callers in the queue ready to speak.
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let's hear from the next caller, please. >> hello board members and others. my name is diamond, and i am a black student at city college and a student fellow with san francisco rising? i first want to thank supervisor walton for introducing the resolution on student loan debt cancellation and also, thank you all to those who have supported this resolution. as a student who will have a long academic journey, academic career and is currently unemployed that comes from a working class family, cancelling student loan debt will not only ensure that my continued financial burden will be released so that i can continue my journey attending college and university and making sure that that financial burden will be minimal, but it will also lessen the burden on other working class families who have been set at a
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disadvantage, so thank you so much, and i hope that everyone else can support this. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. all right. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> hello, supervisors. my name is shelley [inaudible] and i use they-them pronouns. i am the cofounder of s.f. rising and organize dozens of students and colleagues that you just heard from who are here to shake the revolution and encourage the united states to cancel first world debt. i'm here to empower each of you as supervisors to be one of the first major local bodies on the west coast to demonstrate
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official public support to officially cancelling student debt. this will send a message to leaders like president biden, speaker pelosi, and senate majority leader schumer that we demand to be heard on this issue. this would transform the lives of 45 million people in the country, 735,000 who just live in the bay area. that greatly negatively impacts people's mental health, familial relations and ability to self-act walize and ability to be protagonists' lives. this is one thing that you want to be on the right side of early, and we really appreciate
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your support and thank you for listening. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from the next caller. we have 18 callers in the queue and six who are ready to make their comment. well come, caller. >> hello, supervisors. my name is ellen ponce. i'm the executive director of california normal, which is an executive membership founded in 1972 in the bay area. we are calling on the world and u.s. antidoping agencies to remove cannabis from its list of prohibited substances. not only is the nfl not suspending players for positive
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tests for marijuana, but they are funding research and its effectiveness on pain management. i ask the board of supervisors of san francisco where the medical marijuana movement began 25 years ago to not only condemn the qualification of sha'carri richardson but to support supervisor haney's support of a.b. 1256. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good eng -- evening, board and others. i'm a recent transplant to the bay area and a college
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professor for more than ten years. i just want to say thank you to everyone who shared their comments in support of the resolution to cancel student debt and also that we raise our voices together to tell the biden legislation to wipe up to $50,000 of relief does not go far enough. i just want to briefly tell my personal story. i am deeply in debt, six figures, to receive my master's degree to give back to my community. we know that women and minorities are affected disproportionately. this is an equity issue. i don't want to see my students in the next generation suffer like i have. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have 15 listeners and six
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callers in the queue. if you would like to make public comment, now would be a good time to press star, three, otherwise, we may take this group to the very end. all right. let's hear from the next caller, please. >> good evening. my name is javier [inaudible] and i'm an organizer with san francisco rising, and i'm also a district 9 resident. i'm here to voice my support for the resolution introduced by supervisor walton for cancelling student debt, and president biden campaigned on the promise of cancelling student debt relief, and it's important that we show the nation that san francisco has support for this action. cancelling student debt would stimulate the economy, and it would create millions of new jobs and add an estimated $100
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million to the economy for the next decade. as we're struggling through and still recovering from the covid pandemic, we must remove the burdens from other people. as black students, especially black women, they're paying significantly more for the same degree than white borrowers. more than $1.5 trillion of debt can be eliminated with the stroke of a pen, and lives will be changed for the better. education is a right for all people, and we should not shackle people with debt in the right of pursuing a higher education. that's why i thank supervisor walton for proposing this resolution, and i hope that the rest of the board can show their support, as well. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from the
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next caller, please. >> hi. my name is danny black man, and i'm a student at san francisco state university, and i'm also a student organizer, and i am calling for your support of student debt cancellation, for that resolution. i have too many friends who have very limiting college experiences because of the immorally high cost of college, some of them have more than two jobs and chronically depressed just trying to keep up with costs. too many people are prevented from living full lives because student debt negatively affects financial security that supports the survival needs. it took my own mother over ten years to payoff her own debt, and our community deserves
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better. the poorer you are, the more debt you're forced to take onto get an education. thank you so much for listening. >> clerk: thank you for your comments this evening. okay. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> this is anonymous. please let me know when the slides are up so i can begin. >> clerk: okay. anonymous, the slides are up and they're showing. please proceed. >> this is anonymous with sunshine use as always. i think most of you know that the mayor and chief of staff deletes their text messages, but i sent the chief of staff a
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request for text messages. here, we have the district attorney chesa boudin. he and his chief of services entered into a text message chat with a journalist. they also informed, a few days before that, another reporter, quote, we are legally prohibited from discussing anything related to a juvenile case. why would they make a difference between the two. this is the public defender, dennis herrera, he is sending a co-worker a confidential draft of litigation material. normally, this material would be withheld at privileged. this is the same worker
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removing information from wikipedia, who does not allow this. what does all of this show? it's san francisco uses private information not accessible by the public to control the narrative. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you very much for your comments. operations, let's get the next caller, please. >> hello, supervisors. my name is joshua ochoa, and i'm a resident of d-7. i'm here to talk about eliminating the student debt resolution proposed by student walton. as someone who grew up in orange county, raised by my mom, i've often been characterized in the political spectrum of too well off to
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qualify for a pell grant but too poor as someone who is raised by a family with a single income. i'm currently $75,000 in debt, and i still have two more years to go to get my masters. i applause s.f. rising and all those who advocate because we cannot try to fight for elimination of student loan debt as we continue to fight for the future. >> clerk: with the four callers, if you're one of the 12 listening, now is a good time to press star, three, otherwise, we're going to take this group to the end. all right. ops, let's hear from the next comment, please. >> good afternoon, madam clerk,
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president walton, board of supervisors. this is gilbert chriswall. i'm commenting on public comment. i disagree with the other public commenters that want public comment to be open to the public. i'm immune compromised, i'm fully vaccinated, but i still like the fact that you can give public comment on the phone. if you plan to open it up to public comment where people will come in, please keep the phone line available so people can compromised immune systems or people that are not vaccinated can still call in and give public comment. it's been hard now that muni has cut all bus service in my poor neglected neighborhood, so i can't get to city hall. and besides being at home, i can eat my lunch and dinner at
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home and listen to the board of supervisors or other meetings going on at city hall, so i do like the public comment by phone. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chriswell. we are doing what we can to bring the public back to the chamber, however, we are still waiting for the health officer to release restrictions, and once we do, democratic practices will resume. all right. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> i just wanted to support the prior caller, that i agree that remote call-in should be a permanent feature. but my comment was actually, i just wanted to ask the board of supervisors if you realize that during the public comment that we can see you on t.v. sometimes it looks as if you're laughing and joking with each other and not paying attention as we give public comment. it's just terribly insulting
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and alarming at times that you're our elected officials, and you're not taking public comment seriously. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is tiffany [inaudible] and i'm a long time resident of the richmond district and a doctoral student at the california institute of [inaudible] studies. i want to thank president walton for the resolution that's been put forward and supporting all of the voice that's have already spoken to the cancellation of federally held student debt. i've been researching debt for the last five years and have been working with the debt collective. we want to put an end to predatory student loans and encourage equity in higher
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education through offering transformative quality ed like california youth do. when it serves a certain demographic, we want to see that available to everyone, and in the meantime, encourage you all to consider signing this resolution which supports so many people who need it right now. thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. operations, let's hear from the next caller, please. >> can you hear me now? >> clerk: yes, mr. pillpel, we can. >> thank you. david pillpel. good evening. i am so sorry to hear from supervisor mandelman from the roll call that sally gearhart has died. she was so important to the lgbtq community but to the city and our history overall, and i think those were some very nice
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words that were said about her. i will definitely be thinking about that. i also found out recently that carl friedman, the founding director of animal care and control, died last year in early march, unrelated to covid, and i did some research over the weekend and found that the board did not do an in memoriam after he passed away. whether tonight or another time, i would encourage you, supervisor mandelman, since he lived in district 8, and supervisor peskin, since he may well have known him longest, to consider an in memoriam for carl and his family. he was a wonderful city servant and just a great person who, again, started the department of animal care and control
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under not easy circumstances and served the city for many years, and i just wanted to put that on the record. thanks for listening. thank you all very much. >> clerk: thank you, mr. pillpel, for your comments. all right. we have 11 listeners, and there's one caller in the queue. if you're one of the 11, you might want to press star, three to enter the queue or we will take this last caller to the end. operations, let's hear from the last caller, please. >> hi. my name is susan striker. many or most of the supervisors know me, and i'm calling in to talk about the incredible new deals that the american rescue plan has given us through covered california. the money that has been funneled into the state to create special enrollment that is amazing. and i'm really reaching out to you to share this with your
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constituents. for example, anyone who has collected unemployment any time in 2021, even only for a week, is eligible for a silver $94 $94 -- silver 94 plan. this is $1 to see the doctor, and this is lowered because of all the money coming from the federal government. i really want to help people. i know shamann walton, your district has the highest number of african americans who do not have health insurance. i am working on doing enrollments to covered california.
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today, i e-mailed your general e-mails to please contact me so i can help your constituents quality health insurance for less than they've been paying. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. okay. operations, do we have another caller in the queue, please? >> operator: madam clerk, that completes the queue. >> clerk: okay. thank you, operations. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. seeing no other public comment, public comment is close. madam clerk, let's go to our for adoption without reference to committee agenda. >> clerk: items 78 through 83 were introduced for adoption without committee reference, a unanimous vote is required for adoption of these resolutions today. any supervisor may require any resolution to go to committee.
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>> president walton: supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. i just want to be added as a cosponsor to item 79. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: thank you. i would like to be added as a cosponsor for item 79. >> president walton: thank you. and i would like to sever item 83. madam clerk, would you call the roll on items 78 through 82. >> clerk: on items 78 through 82 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objections, the resolutions are adopted and the motions are approved unanimously. madam clerk, would you please call item 83. >> clerk: item 83 is a motion to approve final map 9677. this item relates to a project known as the hunters view phase 3. this is a resubdivision of lot 10, final map 5461, final for record in book dd of survey maps at paging 90 through 97 -- i apologize for the echo -- official records resulting in up to nine lots, including up to 310 condominium units for a mixed use residential and commercial project subject to specified conditions, to approve a public improvement agreement related to final map 9677, and to acknowledge the
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appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. do we have anyone available from mohcd right now? >> clerk: we're going to check the list at this point, mr. president. >> president walton: i do see lydia on the screen. >> clerk: lydia eli is there as well as cindy heavens. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk, and it's good to see you, lydia. i do have a couple questions. my first question is what is the intent of home s.f. >> good evening, supervisor walton. thank you for your question. i don't have the mission statement in front of me. it is quite publicly available, but i understand it should be the revitalization of public housing in san francisco
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without displacement and creating opportunities for economic advancement. that's my paraphrase. i'm sorry. >> president walton: thank you. i appreciate that, and so would you say the mission is not to solely fund market rate housing. >> yes, i would say that the mission is to revitalize existing public housing, and more specifically to add additional affordable housing units as well as market rate units. >> president walton: and has the financing for affordable housing for this phase of the project per this final map. >> phase 3 of hunters view, which is the final affordable phase that will provide 118 units, including 53 public housing units, has applied to the state for [inaudible] and tax credit. because the state bond allocation program is currently
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oversubscribed by essentially a rate of 3:1, the project was not successful in getting an allocation last time. the good news is that the state department of housing and community development has made available $1.75 billion to let projects like hunters view and other projects across the state move forward with that allocation. we're awaiting this week to get word from the state about how that money will be distributed and we'll be advocating for hunters view phase 3 as well as several other san francisco projects that are awaiting bond allocation. >> president walton: thank you. has the financing for affordable housing been secured for this phase of the project per this final map? >> it has not been secured, but it's typical for a project like this that has an infrastructure phase, we wouldn't have secured the affordable housing funding yet. in fact, we wouldn't want to
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because we want to construct the infrastructure before we construct the affordable housing. once we get an allocation from the state, there would be performance deadlines that we would meet if we weren't able to star the infrastructure -- start the infrastructure. that's why we're hoping for an approval today so we can start the infrastructure as soon as possible and pave the way for the affordable housing to also move forward. >> president walton: thank you so much. colleagues, i do not believe that we've done 100% everything in our power to secure the financing for affordable housing for this map. i would like to continue this item until next week and want it to be clear to everyone that approving this map only supports the market rate development for this phase and does not guarantee that affordable housing gets built in this phase. my hope is that some form of financing for affordable housing becomes available over
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the next week. our hands are tied as a board because our approval is not necessary to move forward, but i would never support a -- to the possibilities of gentrification. approving of this map only secures market rate housing on a mission is to preserve community and keep s.f. affordable for communities of color, so i'd like to move that we continue this item to next week. seconded by supervisor haney. madam clerk, can we have a roll call on the vote, please. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 83 to july 27, one week -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you, and without objection, motion carries. madam clerk, do we have any imperative agenda items? >> clerk: we do not. >> president walton: thank you. would you adjourn the meeting, please? >> clerk: today's meeting will be adjourned on behalf of the late sally gearhart, for the late wallace levin, and on behalf of the president, on
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behalf of the entire board of educations, for the late anna hung lyen. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk, do we have any other business before us today. >> clerk: we do not have any further business before us today. >> president walton: thank you, . this meeting is adjourned.
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you're watching san francisco rising with chris manors. today's special guest is dr. steven zutnick. >> hello. the show is focused on restarting, rebuilding, and reimagining our city. the director of the therapy center of san francisco and he's a professor in counseling psychology at usf. he's here today to talk to us about resocializing, and returning to the office. welcome to the show. >>. >> thanks, chris. good to be back. >> as we re-open, people are having different reactions. some are embracing the recent shifts while others are having a hard time readjusting. >> yes. i think it's an excellent
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question. my basic bias on this i think to give you a general overview is we ought to be following cdc suggestions and requirements, what they say, because that's where a lot of the things come. should i wear a mask. should i not wear a mask. my answer is, yes, absolutely. i think we should wear a mask. i think we should social distance. it not only makes an impact on covid, it makes an impact on other diseases as well. as you and i were chatting, the deaths from flu usually average 30,000 a year. we've had 2,500 deaths from the flu so far this year, but at the very least, you need to be vaccinated. >> going back to the office is also an issue. there are some people are thrilled returning to work,
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others are nervous about it and there's a group of people who've been working onsite all along. let's start with those who are worried about returning to the office. what can be done to relieve their concerns? >> i think identifying a cohort of colleagues, fellow workers who you can just talk to and share experiences with. you know, when you look at the advantages of groups, the major one is when we sit and talk to other people, we suddenly discover, oh, this isn't just me, i'm not some strange guy here. so everybody else i'm talking to is worried about the same thing. i think that will raise awareness among people. to say, oh, i don't know, what are we going to do? do we have fresh air in here? can we open some windows? does the boss care if i wear a mask? >> how about those who've been going to work all along. possibly the most traumatized. how would you talk to them
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about managing the possible stress and resentment they may have been feeling. >> the most at-risk population is the essential worker who because they are also one of the lowest paid populations, have taken the biggest hits and the most risks. they're still at high risk. so they're dealing with a lot. they're dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia quite a bit. and you've got a lot of ptsd by the way one last point on the health care workers. that's the tip of the iceberg. these are also the people who often have the least access to therapy. so we've got all these people out of there who've been in the trenches the entire time, never had a break, suffering a lot of
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trauma, and there are no services available for them. >> lastly, let's talk about management. with varying attitudes towards the lifting of restrictions, there may be some struggles in the work place. how would you advise management to ease the transition? >> management can encourage vaccination or require it. they can keep masks, physical distance, hand washing, all of these things. and hopefully management will be responsive. i think, you know, given the title that the series, this is all new. we're all just moving in to a whole new phase. we haven't begun to see the research that's going to come out of what we've just been through. we've been through a terrible pandemic. there's been a huge toll and i don't think we've seen the tip of the iceberg on the impact. >> do you have any final thoughts to share? >> yeah. i think this pandemic has highlighted a lot of things.
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for me, certainly, is mental health professional and a behavioral scientist. it's clear to me, we need to educate people about science. this is not unknowable to people. the basic of science is constant questioning. when you ask a question in research, you get one answer and about five new questions. things evolve continuously. so, yeah, when the cdc first came out a year and a half ago, they said, no, we don't need masks and then they said oh, we do and then everybody went crazy. oh, look how bad the sciencetists are. that's exactly what science does. we thought we didn't need it. then we discovered it was air born. i think we're seeing we have huge holes in the health care
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system and conversely, i think we're finding with the vaccination, what it means for everyone to have access to health care without worrying about how am i going to pay for it. so i think this is really forcing us to look at everything. it's been a very difficult time. it's going to continue to be a difficult time for people, but i think that's also getting us to look at some really critical issues in health care. >> well, thank you so much for coming on the show dr. zlotnick. well, thanks again. we'll be back with another episode of san francisco rising shortly. for sfgov tv i'm chris manors. thanks for watching.
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