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[♪♪♪] >> chairman: this meeting will come to order. this is the july 28th, 2021 budget and finance committee. i'm matt haney, chair of the budget and finance committee. i'm joined by supervisors safai and gordon mar. i want to thank those from sfgovtv for broadcasting this meeting. madam clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. the meeting minutes will reflect that the committee members participated in this remote meeting through a video conference as if though physically
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present. public access to city services is essential. public comment will available on each item on this agenda. either on channel 26, 78, and 89, and sfgovtv.org. comments or opportunity to speak during public comment period is via by phone, 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, and then press pound twice. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions, but you will be muted and in listening mode only. when you're item of interest comes up, dial *3 to be added to the speaker line. call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly, and turn down your television or radio. and you may submit public comment in the following way: e-mail to myself, the budget and finance committee clerk. if you submit public
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comment via e-mail, it will be forwarded to the supervisions and will be included as part of the official file. written comments may be sent to city hall 1, room 244, san francisco, california, 94102. items acted upon today, are expected to appear on the board of supervisors' agenda on september 11th, unless other stated. this concludes my announcement, mr. chair. >> chairman: can you please call item 1. >> clerk: item 1, authorizing the office of economic and workforce development to expand a loan in the amount of 550,000 from the department of commerce's economic development or administration (indiscernable) recovery assistance involving loan fund from january 1st, 2021, through june 1st,
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2022. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, should call 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. mr. chair? >> chairman: thank you. and welcome, mr. cardoza, from oewd. >> thank you. good morning, chair haney, supervisor safai, supervisor mar. my name is angel, and i'm with the office of the economic and workforce development. this morning we're requesting the committee's recommendation to expand the cares act recovery assistance loan fund of $550,000 from the department of commerce economic development and administration. the financial assistance award, executed by the e.d.a., and the office of economic and development,
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is awarded for purpose of establishing a loan fund. the purpose of this award is to capitalize the loan fund for severe economic dislocation caused by the covid-19 pandemic, to provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency and to further the long-term economic recovery of the city and county of san francisco. the use of these funds includes administrative and other activities that will help expedite lending, including advertising the availability of lending, processing loan applications, originating loans, servicing loans, engaging in loan-collection efforts, required reporting, technical assistance for borrowers or prospective borrowers, including technology costs, training, and personnel costs. thank you for your time. and i'm happy to field any questions regarding this
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request. >> chairman: thank you. i appreciate it. sir, do you have any report on this item? >> good morning, chain haney, linda, with the budget legislative analyst office. we do not have a report on this item. there was no fiscal financial impact. >> chairman: i don't see any questions or comments from my colleagues. can you open this up to public comment, please? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. members of the public who wish to provide comment on this item, please press *3 now to be added to the cue. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. baltazar, can you let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item 1. >> there are zero callers listening and zero callers in the queue. >> chairman: public comment is closed. i want to make a motion to
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move item 1 to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, can we have a roll call? >> clerk: yes. [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: thank you. thank you so much, mr. cardoza, i appreciate this and your leadership. >> thank you. >> chairman: please call item 2. >> clerk: item 2, resolution approving and authorizing the mayor's office of housing and community development to execute an infrastructure loan agreement with hunter's view associates for a total amount not to exceed $33.9 million to finance the third phase of infrastructure improvements related to the city revitalization of up to 800 units of replacement public housing, affordable housing and market housing, known as the hunter's view project, and adopting various findings.
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members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, then press pound twice. then dial *3 is to line up to is speak. a system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. >> chairman: thank you, madam clerk. we have jason and cindy, who are here to present on this item. welcome. >> good morning, and thank you, supervisors, for your time as you talk about the loan agreement for hunter's view, which is part of the hope s.f. initiative. i believe we have a slide show as well, if we can have that up. thank you so much, brent. and if we advance in the next slide, please, that would be great. thank you so much. hope s.f. represents a 20-year commitment by the
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city (indiscernable) systemic racism, and persistent poverty as the first large-scale community development and initiative, including vibrant communities (indiscernable) particularly at hunter's view. [inaudible] to restore public benefits to the hunter's view community, and the layout will be faded in. this will set the stage for up to 800 units for public housing, affordable housing, and marketable housing. i would like to introduce cindy to go into more detail. >> thank you, jason, and good afternoon or good morning, chair haney, vice chair safai, and supervisor mar. so this slide shows the original hope s.f.
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hunter's view project. as jason state ised, one is, one ofthe goals is to -- weo this by providing public housing units one for one, and add additional housing (indiscernable) so that residents remain in their neighborhoods and benefit from transformation, and using public art and creative activities to honor the cultural history of the communities. hunter's view is the first hope s.f. development to begin construction that includes development of market-rate lots. the picture to the left is of the original view of hunter's view. there were 51 public housing units. it was unconnected to the city's grids and services. when the entire hope s.f. revitalization is completed, there will be one for one replacement of
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all public housing, approximately 21acres of land will include affordable housing in market rate. on the picture to the right, the affordable housing is on the right, and the parks are in the dark green. there will be three parks and the street grid connects to the city street grid, and the utilities connect to the city services. and then the revitalization will occur in three phases. next slide, please. hunter's view -- phase 1 and 2 was completed. 1 in 2013, and 2 in 2017, and together it will contain those -- those two spaces together will contain new parks, roads, streets and utilities, dedicated social services, and 286 units spread out over six blocks, and there are 214 replacement
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housing that has been completed. 69 additional, and there were four market-rate lots that have been rough graded. three of the four lots are entitled. and two of the three lots need sign-offs for planning in order to begin. this slide here is about phase 3, which i'm here to discuss today, for the $33.9 million loan, to begin infrastructure this october. the phase 3 infrastructure improvements will contain a to be named park, which the picture to the right is the dark green, or greenish color on the slide, into rods and roads andpublic utilities, whics the gray, and two lots of affordable housing, which are in orange, to that picture to the right. the affordable housing plan is 118 units and a mix of 53 public housing replacement units, all of which are three bedrooms
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or larger, and 64 additional housing units without rental subsidies, and there are five market-rate lots. so this loan before you today will fund the following work in phase 3 3: asbestos abatement in piping in the previously existing public housing, demolition of the previous building's foundation, mass grading of the entire -- to the right is 7.3-acre site, and roadway and installation of utilities, water supply for fire and domestic irrigation, waste, and sanitary and sewer, and electrical, and then the to be named streets will be added, and installation of a lateral line to the back of the curb for all of the parcels that will allowed future, affordable, and market-rate lots to separately set up connections without
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redigging the center of the street. landscaping and furnishing for the park, and the furnishing is bolted to the site in the areas that are highlighted in green. approving the infrastructure loan is a critical step for advancing the affordable housing development, both in terms of preparing the site for vertical development, as well as meeting the readiness to exceed threshold to apply for state financing. if the loan is recommended, infrastructure will start in mid-october and will end by december of 2022. i'm here to answer questions. lydia, eli, and amy are also here, and we do have the developer representative, kathryn and andrew, and with that i conclude my presentation. and thank you. and thank you, brent, for the slide and the slide show.
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>> chairman: great. thank you. i appreciate that. i appreciate your work on this really important project. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> there is. thank you, chair haney and members of the committee. linda with budget and legislative analyst. the proposed resolution would approve an infrastructure loan agreement between the mayor's office of housing and community development, and hunter's view associates. we show the uses of the loan on page six of our report. similar infrastructure loans for hope s.f. have been previously approved by the board of supervisors, and on that basis, we're recommending approval of the proposed resolution. however, we know that the project has not yet been awarded state and tax credit financing. in addition, public works in its review noted that the costs originally estimated by the developer were high, and it caused
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delays and the timeline to begin the infrastructure improvement. with that, i'm available for any questions. >> chairman: great. thank you. colleagues, any questions or comments about this project? not seeing any, can we open this to public comment, please. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. d.t. is checking to see if there are any callers in the cue. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, please press *3 now. mr. baltazar, can you let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item 2? >> there is one caller in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. please unmute the caller. welcome, caller. >> caller: supervisors, my name is francisco decosta. first and foremost, we
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have to address the land. on this land, the uranium (indiscernable). do not build homes on contaminated land. and you're not very clear about the funding. it is the same with treasure island. so don't be making presentations in general, enticing people to go into homes, so that in future there health is in peril. you have to be very careful. as it is, the population of blacks in san francisco is less than 4%. it is soon going to be 2%. who do you think will live in these homes?
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has a needs assessment been made on the health, the environment, the cleanup, the ramifications of those workers who reveal the truth about toxicity? please do not rush into a situation. you don't know the characteristics of this land. this is on landfill. there were two years at hunter's point and this land was created. contaminated land. don't make presentations without thinking first about the people and especially our children. don't entice them to live on contaminated land. thank you very much. i'm the director of the
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environmental justice advocacy, and i've been monitoring this for 40 years. >> clerk: thank you for your comment. mr. baltazar, are there any other speakers in the queue? >> there are zero callers in the queue. >> chairman: public comment is now closed. not seeing any other questions or comments, i want to make a motion to move item 2 to the full board with a positive recommendation. roll call vote, please. >> clerk: on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: great. this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you so much. i appreciate it. madam clerk, can you please call item 3. >> clerk: yes. item 3: resolution
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retroactively authorizing the police department to accept and expand a grant of $1.1 million from the department of homeland security federal management agency, for the grant program, to upgrade the existing 3d system, purchase a vessel and camera system, remotely operated vehicles, refurbish and perform updates on the vessel, and purchase a vessel for september 1, 2021, through june 30, 2022. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, please call 415-655-0001 and then i.d. 1462883384. and then dial *3 to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chairman: thank you.
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welcome mr. young from s.f.p.d. >> good morning, chair haney, vice chair safai and supervisor mar. my name is patrick young. i'm the chief financial officer for the san francisco police department. we are requesting the city's approval for a grant we received from the federal emergency management agency. the reason our resolution is retroactive is because with the economic impact due to the covid-19 pandemic, we requested a waiver from fema for the cost masks requirement, which was approved in february. we then had to work with fema to submit a budget modification to reflect a reduced budget, which is what is included in the resolution packet. with this grant, the funds will be used to purchase various equipment upgades, for a new response vessel, and for our marine unit
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staff to protect our waterways and structures. if there are any questions, i'd be happy to answer them. >> chairman: is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> thank you, chair haney. we do not have a report on this item. >> chairman: are there any public comments? >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment, please press star tar to be added to the queue. mr. baltazar, can you let us know if there are any callers to wish to speak on item 3. >> there are zero callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. >> chairman: not seeing any questions or comments from my colleagues, i make a motion to move item 3 to the full board with a
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positive recommendation. >> clerk: on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: it will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you, mr. young. madam clerk, can you please call item 4. >> clerk: item 4: ordinance amending the administrative code for commercial tenants related to unpaid rent due to financial impact from the covid-19 pandemic, to create a six-month period for tenants between 55 and 99 full-time employees, and to authorize the office of economic and workforce to encourage landlords and tenants to agree to repayment plans. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, call 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, then press pound twice. if you have not already
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done so, please dial *3 to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. mr. chair. >> chairman: thank you. supervisor safai, do you want to kick us off here? >> mr. chair, if you could do me a favor, can you skip this item and come back to it. i'll be ready after the next one, if you don't mind? >> chairman: sure. madam clerk, can you please call item 5. >> clerk: item 5: resolution red actively authorizing the recreation and parks department (indiscernable) outdoor environmental education facilities program in the amount of $250,000 that requires the department to maintain trail improvement funded by the grant for the duration from july 1, 2017.
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[inaudible] members of the public who wish to provide public comment, call 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have bun unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chairman: we have tony moran from rec and park. >> thank you. good morning, committee members. i'm tony moran. on behalf of the recreation and parks department, i'm requesting that the budget and finance committee recommend to the board of supervisors to retroactively authorize the department to enter into a grant contract with the california department of parks and recreation for the outdoor environmental education facilities' program fund in the amount of $250,000, that requires the department to maintain the
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trail improvements funded by the grander in maclaren park for the duration of july 1, 2017, through july 30th. so some background on this granted. in 2012, the residents of san francisco passed proposition "a," the clean and safe neighborhood park bond, and that bond allocated $2 million to improve trails in mcclaren park, and $1 million to improve natural areas. the trail improvement allocation was intended to be leveraged for a grant funded state, local, and private funding for the four trails that were prioritized through the community process. in 2017, the department applied for an outdoor environmental education program grant to fund the rehabilitation of the interior trail within mcclaren park, and the
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department was awarded $250,000 in 2018. we allocated the grant funding through the fiscal year 2019/2020, and 2020/2021, 156-59. based on information that we had at that time, we believe that grants that were less than $1 million could be appropriated in through the budget process, but we later learned that the grant contract performance period, which exceeds 10 years, requires board approval. and for that reason, we are coming back to the board to request approval for the contact, retroactively. no grant funds have been spent --, excuse me, no grant funds have been expended at this time, but the project is expected to start moving forward in 2022, so we are here to request your recommendation to the
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board to retroactively approve the grant contract. that concludes my presentation. >> chairman: got it. thank you. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> thank you, chair haney. we do not have a report on item 5. >> chairman: great. thank you. i'm not seeing any questions or comments from colleagues, is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, d.t. is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. for those already on hold, continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. baltazar, could you let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item 5. >> there are zero callers in the queue. >> chairman: public comment is closed. thank you so much for your work on this, ms. moran.
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i want to make a motion to move item 5 to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes, on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: thank you so much. it will go to the board with a positive recommendation. before we go back to your item, supervisor safai, we have one more item that involves ms. moran, so i want to do that first. can you call item 6. >> clerk: item 6, resolution retroactively, authorizing the rec and parks to expand a california of parks and recreation in the fund of $207,000, to support the construction of a new multi-use pedestrian and bike trail and approve a grant contract that requires the department to maintain the trail for the duration of the contract
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performance period, from july 1, 2019, through june 30th. members of the public who wish to provide public comment, should call i.d. i.d. 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. >> chairman: thank you. mr. moran? >> so, as stated earlier, this grant is also part of the 2012 clean and safe neighborhood park bond, mcclaren park trail project. we had, as i stated earlier, the intention of us to leverage the park bond with state, local, and private funding. and in 2018, the recreation park department applied for a habitat
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conservation fund program grant for the visitation avenue corridor trail. the department was awarded the grant in 2019. so the $207,000 would fund the construction of a new multi-use trail that is adjacent to visitation avenue within mcclaren park. as this project -- we have not -- okay, this project is scheduled to start in the fall of this year, and for that reason, we are bringing the legislation back to the board of supervisors, and we are requesting that the board of supervisors retroactively authorize the recreation and parks department to accept and expand the california of parks and recreation conservation fund grant in the amount of $207,000 to support the visitation avenue corridor trail project within mcclaren park, and also recommend that the board of supervisors approve the grant contract that
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requires the department to maintain the trails for the duration of the contract performance period, which runs from july 1, 2019, through june 30, . similar to the grant i just presented, we have not expended any grant funds, but we are wanting to get this set up so that we can start the project on time this fall. that concludes my presentation. >> chairman: great. thank you. is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair, i believe there is a b.l.a. report. would you like to hear from the b.l.a.? >> chairman: sure. >> thank you, chair haney. linda. this proposed resolution would retroactively authorize the city to accept and expand and grant of $207,000 for the
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construction of the visitation trail in mcclaren park. the grant requires a one to one match for the $207,000, for a total amount of $414,000. [inaudible] the state originally awarded the grant to the department in 2019, and the department is now seeking retroactive approval of the grant. we are recommending approval of the proposed resolution, and i am available for any questions. >> chairman: great. thank you. all right. let's now go to public comment. >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. d.t. is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. for those already on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. baltazar, can you please let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item 6. >> there are zero callers
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in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. >> chairman: public comment is now closed. with that, i want to make a motion to move item 6 to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes. on that motion: [roll call taken] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: great. thank you. thank you so much, ms. moran. can we return now to item 4? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. would you like me to call item 4 again. >> chairman: yes. >> clerk: item 4: an ordinance (indiscernable) for commercial tenants related to unpaid rent due to financial impact from the covid-19 pandemic to create a six month grace period for tenants between 55 and 99 full-time
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employees, and authorize the office of economic and workforce to encourage landlords and tenants to agree to repayment plans. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call 415-655-0001, i.d. 1462883384, and then press pound twice. if you have not already done so, please dial *3 to line up to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. mr. chair? >> chairman: thank you. supervisor safai, the floor is yours. >> thank you, thank you chair haney and colleagues. i appreciate the opportunity to speak bower about this ordinance. it would amendment the administrative code to extend eviction protections to businesses with 55 to 99 employees. if you recall, we have put in place protections of small businesses, with employees of two to 50
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employees, and this would extend that. we talked to a number of people in the small business community, in the business community in general, and heard that there was concern about this size of business. some of our restaurants, for example, get into over 50 employees. so just because you have 50 or plus employees, you might have multiple locations, and then you're extending out the number of employees within that one business, and it could have significant impact. so, as you know many of you have been in this conversation with our office and the city in general, talking about the amount of rent debt, the amount of loans and debt in general and unpaid rent, that many of these businesses have accumulated. the governor extended the eviction moratorium to
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september 30th. this would provide six months for businesses of this size. it also would authorize the office of economic and workforce development to create an incentive program to encourage landlords and tenants to sit down to renegotiate a repayment plan. this is the first of two ordinances that we introduced. we introduced our small business rent relief fund, the commercial rent relief fund, and that will be heard in september. and as i've said previously, with the amount of debt that we have in this city, unpaid rent, that these businesses have accumulated, estimated tobe $400 million -- it is very similar to what we have done on the residential tenant side. so that will be the second ordinance we bring back in september.
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there is a lot of loan programs. we've worked with the mayor's office, and the office of economic workforce development, and it gets us to anywhere between $10 million to $20 million, but the amount of need is between $100 million and $400 million. there are some incentives to sit down and renegotiate a repayment plan, and the second phase will be working with the mayor's office to come up with the right number for additional money for support for a grant. i know chair haney has been a big champion for getting the right amount of money for unpaid rent. and during the budget process, as well as supervisor mar, i know, has been advocating for small businesses as well. so i appreciate the opportunity to speak on this today, present this, and we also have manishe
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from the office of economic and workforce development program to give us a brief presentation on where we are. thank you. >> chairman: thank you, vice chair safai. welcome, mr. grow. >> good morning, supervisors. i'm with the office of economic and workforce development. thank you for allowing the office of economic and workforce development to speak briefly on this item and be in support of this item. let me load up a quick powerpoint. and hopefully everyone can see this. the office of economic and workforce development has provided information and guidance for the commercial eviction protections ordinance to our small businesses since late last year. and prior to this ordinance, our office
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provided information and guidance on mayor breed's commercial eviction moratorium. the office of economic and workforce development is supportive of extending the protections of this ordinance to cover businesses that employee fewer than 100 full-time employees. as vice chair safai mentioned, there are businesses that are san francisco small businesses that unfortunately are left out of the current ordinance, and this would allow for those protections in the ordinance to cover these businesses with a higher employee count. based on information from the office of the treasurer tax collector, using 2019 figures, san francisco has almost 94,000 registered small businesses. of the total non-exempt businesses, in 2019, of
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the total, almost 50% of the businesses fall within this range of 100 employees or fewer. i just want to note that the office of treasurer and tax collector provided some recent high-level numbers of the total active businesses registrations to date. you will see that in the column for 2021. but the figures may continue to change as the registration renewal deadlines -- 2020 and 2021 were deferred several times. since the implementation of the commercial eviction moratorium, the office of economic workforce development has been encouraging our commercial tenants and their landlords to communicate and renegotiate repayment plans. and part of the process is to educate our businesses and landlords that communicating with each other is essential. with the help of our partners, such as the bar
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association of san francisco, we have hosted several webinars and we will continue to host webinars that pushes this message to businesses and their landlords that may be reluctant to engage in negotiations, and this is probably more true, they're unsure how to begin the negotiation process. we also encourage our businesses to seek out the many community-based organizations our department partners with, for legal support, real estate support, and other support, technical support. as we continue to reopen our economy, we're mindful that many businesses still need support when it comes to addressing any rent that was owed during the moratorium period. our office continues to work with our legal service providers to monitor the demand for services, and we are in active discussions to see whether we need to expand these services and create additional resources.
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the office of economic and workforce development will also continue to encourage our commercial landlords and tenants together. we are supportive of this amendment that allows our office to create incentive programs to that end, and conditioning eligibility to these programs on both parties coming to some agreement. and i'll end my slide show, but i did want to thank this committee forgiving our office a chance to speak on this item and express our support. and i'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. i do have one question, and maybe supervisor safai can answer this -- i understand that this is expanding the number of the types of businesses that are eligible for these protections. what exactly is the timing of it? for what period of time and when do they expire?
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you need to clarify a little bit the timing of all of this? >> so for this one, for this ordinance, it would be for the end of the eviction moratorium, and it would add six additional months for businesses of this size. for the other sizes of business, for the number of employees, it ranges between two years six months. so the smaller the business you are, the longer period of time you have to -- with eviction protection. did i say that right, mr. doyle? >> yes. so for the very small businesses that have fewer than 10 employees, they get two years. for the ones that are -- i may need to look at my notes for this -- for the next category, it is 18 months. and then for the larger businesses, they currently have a year. by adding this tier to the
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50 to 99 category, they now get six months. >> chairman: six months from when? >> september 30th, 2021. >> chairman: so an additional six months -- >> correct. >> chairman: the small businesses, they get two years -- >> from september 30th. >> chairman: where they're protected from eviction due to unpaid rent that occurred during covid? >> correct. >> chairman: got it. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> clerk: thank you, chair haney. >> we do not have a report on this item. >> chairman: great. thank you. supervisor mar? >> thanks, chair haney. i just wanted to thank supervisor safai for your leadership on these issues in really supporting our small businesses in there
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rent burden and their lease negotiations and bringing this proposal forward to expand our eviction protections in support for the small businesses, like i said, that are in the 50 to 100-employee size. i think this is very important, and i'm very supportive of this. i did have a question about -- i guess this ordinance also would authorize o.e.w.d. to create a new program or to encourage landlords and tenants to agree to repayment plans. i was just wondering, is that an existing program, mr. doyle, that you highlighted in your presentation? or would this be a new type of program that you would create? and can you just describe it a little bit more. >> thank you, supervisor.
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yes, right now it is not an existing program. we -- as we began to look at some of the challenges with the current debt that has been happening with businesses, we realized if we were to create programs for the future, we want to encourage them to negotiate. and so conditioning any future programs that we may have -- and also looking at our existing programming, you know, whether it is existing grant funds -- to look at conditioning eligibility for those as a way to get both parties to speak to one another because our sort of fear is that parties that aren't talking are going to, at some point, engage in a lengthy legal fight and it may lead to an eviction and the future, which is certainly not what we want to see. and so as we look to develop future programs, we want to add this as
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sort of an incentive, or enticement, for the parties to work together. >> chairman: great, thank you. and thanks for all of your work on this, mr. doyle, and o.e.w.d., and mr. safai, thank you for your leadership. >> thank you. thank you, supervisor mar. >> i want to add on to that that we worked really closely with o.e.w.d., on this issue of getting landlords and tenants to sit down and negotiate. we only can incentivize that. so the small business rent relief fund that we created, that we're negotiating with the mayor's office on the right amount, we can definitely, with that program, say if you are going to receive assistance that will help with rent debt, you need
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to sit down and negotiate. that is one of the parameters. that is the hook, because there is something that we are offering in exchange, that's how we wrote the small business rent relief fund, for the landlord to participate or receive funds, they have to sit down and negotiate with the tenant on the back rents and the term of their lease. this is kind of foreshadowing that and referencing it and trying to incentivize landlords to get to the table. >> thank you, mr. chair and supervisor mar for that question. >> chairman: is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment, please press star tar to be added to the queue. continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. mr. baltazar, can you let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item 4.
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>> there are zero callers in the queue. >> chairman: public comment is now closed. i want to thank you, vice chair safai, for your leadership. i think this is obviously both necessary for us to put these protections in place, but also to begin to develop, as you and i have talked about extensively, programs to support the repayment of rent and incentives to do so and forgiveness of rent, and the larger support of the city, either to bring folks together to come to an agreement, or to provide the assistance that allows people to not have this hanging over their head, even as we protect people from evictions, we want to actually resolve the underlying rent situation, as people will always be at risk and be in an unstable situation, if they are with this level of rent burden, and also with small property owners, and all of that, and we want to make sure
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we're able to help address what is still a massive amount of rent, which is owed because people did the right thing and they closed their businesses and they followed the health orders, and they shouldn't suffer as a result of that. so thank you again, vice chair safai. i also would love to be added as a co-sponsor on this. is there any -- do you want to make a final comment before we move it forward? >> no. i appreciate both of your support. thank you, mr. doyle, and the office of economic and workforce development for working with us. as you said, chair haney, this is really the first step. we need more additional dollars for rent relief. until we address that in a more aggressive way, there is still going to be significant anxiety. you saw the san francisco bar and restaurant association moving towards
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mandates. businesses are constantly hanging on by a thread in this steady right now. so much of what makes san francisco special are these small businesses, are these commercial businesses, that make our corridors lively. they provide art. they provide space for performance. they provide places for people to get together and build community. they provide tremendous employment. i think just from the numbers that mr. doyle put up on the screen, it shows how many businesses there are. there are thousands. and multiply that by thousands. you're talking about one of the largest generators -- the largest source of employment for our city. so when these businesses go, they create empty store fronts, loss of employment, and a loss of what makes the fabric of this city special.
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i know that i sound like a broken record over and over again, but we have to negotiate the right number on that rent relief. i really appreciate what the mayor has done to date with the office of economic and workforce development. they transitioned some of those loans into forgivable loans. they got that number as high as $20 million, but the amount of debt that is out there, just talking to a small business this morning, they had about $35,000 in rent debt, and that number is building because their revenues have -- they haven't fully opened. they've just been relying on takeout service. and their numbers just haven't returned, but their rent hasn't changed, and their landlord has negotiated, probably thinking that this eviction date is coming up. the landlord is not realizing that person has two additional years after september 30th. thank you for your strong comments. i know that i'm committed to working with the chair
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of this committee and the mayor's office, and everyone else that wants to be involved in the small business community to finding out what that right number is. i think we're going to have a significant impact for our city, to have a good number for rent relief. so thank you. >> chairman: thank you, vice chair safai. so that is great to hear, and you will continue to have my support and partnership as well, as i'm sure supervisor mar. can we -- i want to make a motion to move this to the full board with a positive recommendation. can we have a roll call vote, please. >> clerk: yes, on that motion: [roll call taken] >> aye, and please add me as a co-sponsor. >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chairman: great. thank you so much, and thank you mr. doyle doil and supervisor safai.
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>> this includes emergency plans, power outages during wildfires and [indiscernible] -- represents a total of just over $378,000 and funds necessary. the grant comes from the california governor's office of emergency services and it will be used to improve local preparedness response for [indiscernible] -- equipment purchases as well as funding for [indiscernible] -- specific
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projects were invited to submit. there were six projects selected from different departments. [indiscernible] -- and these projects make up about $62,000 for planning [indiscernible] for equipment. we are requesting this committee to move this item to full board with a positive recommendation and i'm happy to take any questions [indiscernible]. >> chair: is there a b.l.a. report? >> thank you, chair. we do not have a report.
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>> chair: is there any public comment? >> clerk: members of the comment who wish to provide public comment, press star 3 and wait until the system indicates if you have been unmuted. operator, please let us know if there are any callers wishing to comment. >> there are zero callers in the queue. >> chair: public comment is closed. thank you for your work. we appreciate it. if we could move this to the full board with a positive recommendation. [ roll call ] >> clerk: there are three ayes. >> chair: that's to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you. we will now go.
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to item 8. >> clerk: resolution retroactively authorizing the department of emergency management to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $189,005 from the california governor's office of emergency services for fiscal year (fy) 2020 community power resiliency allocation, for the period of july 1, 2020, through october 31, 2021. (department of emergency management) members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001 meeting i.d. 146 288 3384. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and then you can begin your comments. >> chair: welcome back. >> item 8 is the same funding as item 7 coming from the office of
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emergency services this will be used [indiscernible]. this is just over $189,000 with the requirement that at least 60% of the award must be for [indiscernible] city departments were expected to submit projects for consideration plof the approval committee. two projects wereapproval the approval committee. two projects were approved [indiscernible] these two projects include a public safety prepared and ness /* campaign. this is also [indiscernible] community organizations that people received the messages in
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ways they can access and understand. the second project is for the department of the environment to install micro grid and solar panels [indiscernible] -- to ensure continuity of operations for the food bank. in total this intended funding will include $35,000 for the community campaign and up to $150,000 for [indiscernible] we are expecting the committee to move this forward with a positive recommendation and i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair: great. thank you. is there a report on this item? >> thank you, chair. we do not have a report on this item. >> chair: is there any public comment? >> clerk: yes, mr. chair. we are checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. any members of the public who
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wish to provide public comment, press star 3. please wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted. operator, could you indicate whether there are any callers who wish to comment on item 8. >> operator: there are zero callers in the queue. >> chair: public comment is now closed. i want to make a motion to move item 8 to the full board with a positive recommendation. could we have a roll call. [ roll call ] >> chair: madam clerk, could you call item 9.
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>> clerk: resolution authorizing the treasure island development authority (“authority”) to execute a standard agreement with the california department of housing and community development (“hcd”) under the infill infrastructure grant program for a total award of $30,000,000 for qualifying infill projects on treasure island and yerba buena island, for the period starting on the execution of the standard agreement to june 30, 2028; authorizing the authority to accept and expend the grant of $30,000,000 for capital infrastructure improvements approved by hcd consistent with the authority's application; and authorizing the authority to execute additional documents. members of the public who wish to make public comment should call 415-655-0001 meeting i.d. 146 288 3384 and press star 3 to speak. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments. >> chair: i believe we have bob beck here to present on this item. >> thank you, chair and members of the committee. bob beck with the treasure
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island development authority. i will move quickly through the scope of our grant here. >> clerk: mr. beck, you're on mute. >> sorry about that. so the infill infrastructure grant program is flemented through the california department of housing and community development and it's intended to promote the development of infill housing by funding some of the necessary infrastructure necessary to facilitate that housing development. it can be used for a wide variety of infrastructure
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including parts, open spaces, utilities, or in our case, streets and road -- [indiscernible] -- the qualifying infill projects that were used to support this project are all part of the major phase on treasure island and include the apartments that are in construction right now. the roadway improvement is this section of roadway on the south side of the island between the new eastbound ramps -- sorry, the new eastbound ramps on hillcrest and southgate. the h.c.d. issued the nofa for
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this program in october of 2018. in january of 2020 we went to the board of supervisors for a resolution seeking authorization to apply under the program and then filed that application in february of 2020. we were issued an award from h.c.d. in april of 2020. this proposed accept and spend resolution would authorize myself, the treasure island director, to execute standard grant agreement with h.c.d. and related documents to accept and extend the $30 million award from the i.i.d. program, including extending the memorandum to complete the scope of work and comply with the i.i.j. requirements. the scope of the improvement is
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to construct retaining walls and widen the available right of way on the south side of the island to accommodate the traffic flows. the widened right of way will allow a larger transit lane as well as enhance bicycle and pedestrian improvements and facilitate future connection between the current east bike path and the west bike path on the bridge. we have a preliminary budget here for the project that was developed in partnership with the transportation authority and the site of the project, there are a number of projects underway or planned for treasure
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island. the new westbound ramps were opened in 2016 and the mcaula roadway construction by the developer is nearing completion. the eastbound i-80 interchange at the eastern end of hill crest is under construction right now and the west side bridge is planned to go to construction. this project was fill the yap between those. again, this is just the project currently under construction by the transportation authority and the west side bridges project. so the scope of this project is currently on funded need in the program and, as i mentioned, we
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would be working with the transportation authority to refine the scope, develop design documents and to complete the project. but i'm happy to take any questions you may have. >> great, thank you. thank you for your work on this. i'm definitely familiar with this and to see this move forward. is there a b.l.a. report on this item? >> thank you, chair. we do not have a report on this item. >> chair: is there any public comment on this item? >> clerk: the operator is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. any members of the public who wish to make public comment, please press star 3. are there any callers? >> operator: there are zero
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callers in the queue. >> chair: public comment is closed. not seeing any other questions or comments from colleagues, i want to make a recommendation to move this to the full board with a positive recommendation. could we have a roll call vote. [ roll call ] >> chair: this will go to the full board with a positive recommendation. are there any other items, madam clerk? >> clerk: there is no further business. >> chair: thank you all. have a good recess and this meeting is adjourned. [♪♪♪]
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>> van ness avenue runs from market street to bay street in san francisco. south vanness runs from south of market to cesar chavez street. originally residential after the 1906 earthquake it was used as a fire break. many car dealerships and businesses exist on vanness today with expansion of bus lanes. originally marlet street was named after james vanness, seventh mayor of san francisco from 1855 to 1856.
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vanness heavy are streets in santa cruz, los angeles and fresno in his honor. in 1915 streetcars started the opening of the expo. in 1950s it was removed and replaced by a tree-lined median. it was part of the central freeway from bayshore to hayes valley. it is part of uses 101. it was damaged during the 1989 earthquake. in 1992 the elevator part of the roadway was removed. it was developed into a surface boulevard. today the vanness bus rapid transit project is to have designated bus lanes service from mission. it will display the history of the city. van ness avenue.
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>> when i first started painting it was difficult to get my foot in the door and contractors and mostly men would have a bad attitude towards me or not want to answer my questions or not include me and after you prove yourself, which i have done, i don't face that obstacle as much anymore. ♪♪♪ my name is nita riccardi, i'm a painter for the city of san francisco and i have my own business as a painting contractor since 1994 called winning colors. my mother was kind of resistant. none of my brothers were painter. i went to college to be a
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chiropractor and i couldn't imagine being in an office all day. i dropped out of college to become a painter. >> we have been friends for about 15-20 years. we both decided that maybe i could work for her and so she hired me as a painter. she was always very kind. i wasn't actually a painter when she hired me and that was pretty cool but gave me an opportunity to learn the trade with her company. i went on to different job opportunities but we stayed friends. the division that i work for with san francisco was looking for a painter and so i suggested to my supervisor maybe we can give nita a shot. >> the painting i do for the city is primarily maintenance painting and i take care of anything from pipes on the roof to maintaining the walls and beautifying the bathrooms and graffiti removal.
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the work i do for myself is different because i'm not actually a painter. i'm a painting contractor which is a little different. during the construction boom in the late 80s i started doing new construction and then when i moved to san francisco, i went to san francisco state and became fascinated with the architecture and got my contractor's licence and started painting victorians and kind of gravitated towards them. my first project that i did was a 92 room here in the mission. it was the first sro. i'm proud of that and it was challenging because it was occupied and i got interior and exterior and i thought it would take about six weeks to do it and it took me a whole year. >> nita makes the city more beautiful and one of the things that makes her such a great
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contractor, she has a magical touch around looking at a project and bringing it to its fullest fruition. sometimes her ideas to me might seem a little whacky. i might be like that is a little crazy. but if you just let her do her thing, she is going to do something incredible, something amazing and that will have a lot of pop in it. and she's really talented at that. >> ultimately it depends on what the customer wants. sometimes they just want to be understated or blend in and other times they let me decide and then all the doors are open and they want me to create. they hire me to do something beautiful and i do. and that's when work is really fun. i get to be creative and express what i want. paint a really happy house or something elegant or dignified.
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>> it's really cool to watch what she does. not only that, coming up as a woman, you know what i mean, and we're going back to the 80s with it. where the world wasn't so liberal. it was tough, especially being lgbtq, right, she had a lot of friction amongst trades and a lot of people weren't nice to her, a lot of people didn't give her her due respect. and one of the things amazing about nita, she would never quit. >> after you prove yourself, which i have done, i don't face that obstacle as much anymore. i'd like to be a mentor to other women also. i have always wanted to do that. they may not want to go to school but there's other options. there's trades. i encourage women to apply for my company, i'd be willing to train and happy to do that. there's a shortage of other
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women painters. for any women who want to get into a trade or painting career, just start with an apprenticeship or if you want to do your own business, you have to get involved and find a mentor and surround yourself with other people that are going to encourage you to move forward and inspire you and support you and you can't give up. >> we've had a lot of history, nita and i. we've been friends and we have been enemies and we've had conflicts and we always gravitate towards each other with a sense of loyalty that maybe family would have. we just care about each other. >> many of the street corners in all the districts in san francisco, there will be a painting job i have completed and it will be a beautiful paint job. it will be smooth and gold leaf and just wow. and you can't put it down. when i first started, it was
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hard to get employees to listen to me and go along -- but now, i have a lot of respect. >> restaurants will be open for take out only, but nonessential stores, like bars and gyms, will close effective midnight tonight. [♪♪♪] >> my name is sharky laguana. i am a small business owner. i own a company called vandigo van rentals.
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it rents vans to the music industry. i am also a member of the small business commission as appointed by mayor breed in 2019. i am a musician and have worked as a professional musician and recording artist in the 90s. [♪♪♪] >> we came up in san francisco, so i've played at most of the live venues as a performer, and, of course, i've seen hundreds of shows over the years, and i care very, very deeply about live entertainment. in fact, when i joined the commission, i said that i was going to make a particular effort to pay attention to the arts and entertainment and make sure that those small businesses receive the level of attention that i think they deserve. >> this is a constantly and rapidly changing situation, and
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we are working hard to be aggressive to flatten the curve to disrupt the spread of covid-19. >> when the pandemic hit, it was crystal clear to me that this was devastating to the music industry because live venues had to completely shutdown. there was no way for them to open for even a single day or in limited capacity. that hit me emotionally as an artist and hit me professionally, as well as a small business that caters to artists, so i was very deeply concerned about what the city could do to help the entertainment committee. we knew we needed somebody to introduce some kind of legislation to get the ball rolling, and so we just started texting supervisor haney, just harassing him, saying we need to do something, we need to do something. he said i know we need to do
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something, but what do we do? we eventually settled on this idea that there would be an independent venue recovery fund. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is passed unanimously. >> and we were concerned for these small mom-and-pop businesses that contribute so much to our arts community. >> we are an extremely small venue that has the capacity to do extremely small shows. most of our staff has been working for us for over ten years. there's very little turnover in the staff, so it felt like family. sharky with the small business commission was crucial in pestering supervisor haney and
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others to really keep our industry top of mind. we closed down on march 13 of 2020 when we heard that there was an order to do so by the mayor, and we had to call that show in the middle of the night. they were in the middle of their sound check, and i had to call the venue and say, we need to cancel the show tonight. >> the fund is for our live music and entertainment venues, and in its first round, it will offer grants of at least $10,000 to qualifying venues. these are venues that offer a signature amount of live entertainment programming before the pandemic and are committed to reopening and offering live entertainment
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spaces after the pandemic. >> it's going to, you know, just stave off the bleeding for a moment. it's the city contributing to helping make sure these venues are around, to continue to be part of the economic recovery for our city. >> when you think about the venues for events in the city, we're talking about all of them. some have been able to come back adaptively over the last year and have been able to be shape shifters in this pandemic, and that's exciting to see, but i'm really looking forward to the day when events and venues can reopen and help drive the recovery here in san francisco. >> they have done a study that says for every dollar of ticket sales done in this city, $12 goes to neighboring businesses. from all of our vendors to the
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restaurants that are next to our ven sues and just so many other things that you can think of, all of which have been so negatively affected by covid. for this industry to fail is unthinkable on so many levels. it's unheard of, like, san francisco without its music scene would be a terribly dismal place. >> i don't know that this needs to be arrest -- that there needs to be art welfare for artists. we just need to live and pay for our food, and things will take care of themselves. i think that that's not the given situation. what san francisco could do that they don't seem to do very much is really do something to support these clubs and venues that have all of these different artists performing in them. actually, i think precovid, it was, you know, don't have a
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warehouse party and don't do a gig. don't go outside, and don't do this. there was a lot of don't, don't, don't, and after the pandemic, they realized we're a big industry, and we bring a lot of money into this city, so they need to encourage and hope these venues. and then, you know, as far as people like me, it would be nice if you didn't only get encouraged for only singing opera or playing violin. [♪♪♪] >> entertainment is a huge part of what is going to make this city bounce back, and we're going to need to have live music coming back, and comedy, and drag shows and everything under the sun that is fun and creative in order to get smiles back on our faces and in order to get the city moving again. [♪♪♪]
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>> venues serve a really vital function in society. there aren't many places where people from any walk of life, race, religion, sexuality can come together in the same room and experience joy, right? experience love, experience anything that what makes us human, community, our connective tissues between different souls. if we were to lose this, lose this situation, you're going to lose this very vital piece of society, and just coming out of the pandemic, you know, it's going to help us recover socially? well, yeah, because we need to be in the same room with a bunch of people, and then help people across the country recover financially. >> san francisco art recovery fund, amazing. it opened yesterday on april
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21. applications are open through may 5. we're encouraging everyone in the coalition to apply. there's very clear information on what's eligible, but that's basically been what our coalition has been advocating for from the beginning. you know, everyone's been supportive, and they've all been hugely integral to this program getting off the ground. you know, we found our champion with supervisor matt haney from district six who introduced this legislation and pushed this into law. mayor breed dedicated $1.5 million this fund, and then supervisor haney matched that, so there's $3 million in this fund. this is a huge moment for our coalition. it's what we've been fighting for all along. >> one of the challenges of our business is staying on top of
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all the opportunities as they come back. at the office of oewd, office of economic and workforce development, if you need to speak to somebody, you can find people who can help you navigate any of the available programs and resources. >> a lot of blind optimism has kept us afloat, you know, and there's been a lot of reason for despair, but this is what keeps me in the business, and this is what keeps me fighting, you know, and continuing to advocate, is that we need this and this is part of our life's blood as much as oxygen and food is. don't lose heart. look at there for all the various grants that are available to you. some of them might be very slow to unrao, and it might seem like too -- unroll, and it might seem like it's too late, but people are going to fight
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to keep their beloved venues open, and as a band, you're going to be okay. [♪♪♪]
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thank you for joining us today. to sign this budget. now that everyone has gotten what they wanted they've all went on vacation except the real, true, dedicated people here in san francisco. so, thank you to the members of the board of supervisors, joining us today. thank you to the members of our budget team, joining us today, and others to sign this budget and to make it official. i, for one, am really glad that we are at this point so that we can take a much needed break and they're feeling the same way. he started his break going to the giant's game. >> i should have got