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>> okay. sorry. all right. good morning everyone. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm excited to be here at footprint with michael, the owner. with our captain and our assessor-recorder, the supervisor of the community gordon mar and office of economic and work force development. so many people who work hard to help support our small businesses because we know despite what has happened during the pandemic, so many of our small businesses have been suffering in san francisco. the cost of doing business, the ability to find a storefront and go through the city's bureaucratic process to get open in the first place has changed our city as we know it. often times during the spring time, we're celebrating small businesses in san francisco but we need to do a better job of
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putting our money where our mouth is when we talk about supporting small businesses. i still go to the same dry cleaner i have been going to since i was a kid. i still go to the same dentist i have been going to since i've had teeth, i go to the same place to get my nails done when i can afford to get them done. it is an important part of the spirit of san francisco, we love our neighborhood shops and restaurants and businesses and we want to do everything we can to support them and this pandemic has made life very challenging. i remember walking around in the castro, there are a lot of businesses i frequent because they're close to where i live. one day i was walking and i noticed something different. there were a lot of windows that were broken. i was devastated, but i was so angry. i thought now all of the money
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that they struggle to make during the pandemic is now going into fixing something that they did not do. in fact, in the castro, there was one person who vandalized all five of the windows broken. in chinatown, 20 businesses were vandalized and thanks the the san francisco police department, that one person that vandalized those 20 businesses has been arrested and is currently being detained in our jails. the fact is, we have to make sure that we are doing everything we can in this city to hold people accountable for the crimes they commit. but we never want those crimes to happen in the first place. if they do, we have to stand by our small businesses. we have to provide the relief and support they need because it's not just about the business owner and their livelihood, it's
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also their employees who are supporting families themselves. it's a big deal. and so in san francisco, we've tried to be very creative about the programs we have instituted, especially since this pandemic. we have been able to give out a significant amount of resources for grants, for loans, for facade improvements. for people dealing with challenges. we know that that little bit of money goes a long way. with our sf shines programs and a number of things, we have been able to help support small businesses and in addition to that, just recently the board of supervisors supported an effort to for the next year provide for those who want to open new businesses in san francisco, able to waive a number of city fees that often times are expensive and makes it difficult
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to open a business. we know we have too many empty store fronts. we have to get rid of the bureaucracy like we did when voters passed prop 8 and small business recovery efforts. we hope businesses notice a difference and just to be clear, for someone who may want to -- i'm sure you have probably heard about this, change a nail shop to an ice cream bar or shop, it shouldn't take two years to do something that simple. we must do better. but a bakery recently was vandalized, pharmacy ramshacked and they faced two cases of vandalism. frank's flowers burned to the ground. all these incredible places that are institutions in our city. i want to thank supervisor mar for working with us to establish this new program, this vandalism relief fund that will provide
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anywhere from 1-2 thousand dollars to those who need to provide repairs the first their businesses. we allocated a million dollars in the budget to do that because we know there are so many businesses that have experienced this. this is one of so many of the programs that we try to offer to help support and protect our small businesses. there's not a one size fits all. san francisco is an expensive city, but i'm really proud of the fact that we continue time and time again to look at creative ways to invest in small businesses. they are the driving engine of san francisco. we can't just keep talking about it and adding more layers of bureaucracy to make life difficult for them. we have to make changes to our policies, we have to make changes to our investment. we have to do that because we need to see a change in the city we all know and love, built on
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the backs of small businesses. i want to thank you all for being here and i'm really excited that footprints is a beneficiary because of the challenges they experienced and i'm looking forward to make sure at least 500 businesses i think will benefit from this program and hopefully we won't have to use all of it. i want to take this opportunity to introduce our partner in this effort, supervisor gordon mar. (applause) >> thank you mayor breed and everyone for being here for the announcement of the relief grant program. i'm pleased to be here along with mayor breed, office of economic work force development, assessor-recorder and our merchant association to announce this important, very important new program that the city is
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start together provide economic relief and support to our mom and pop businesses that have been victims during the pandemic. unfortunately that's a lot of businesses throughout the city and particularly in residential neighborhoods. during the pandemic, we have seen a surge in vandalism and burglaries, in particular targeting neighborhood businesses in our neighborhoods. here in the sunset district, there's been dozens of businesses that are victims. mr. bread bakery, sugar and water dessert cafe were all burglarized and we have seen it play out in other areas. on irving many businesses have
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been hit. and then most recently and i think it has gotten some attention, frank's florist, 87-year-old historic business not only burglarized but burned out last week. i want to really thank michael, the owner of footprint shoe store here for first suggesting the creation of the program. i remember when i came to visit michael, after footprint was broken into it and his efforts to recover. michael mentioned that it would be helpful to owners like him who have suffered these losses to have a little bit of financial support from the city in their recovery. and whether it is to repair the broken windows or damage to the
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storefront, to pay their insurance deductible or to beef up security system, to prevent -- to hopefully prevent crime impacting them in the future. from that conversation i had with michael back in february, i started working with my staff and colleagues on the board and in june, i proposed $1 million to provide a fund for small businesses and i want to thank mayor breed for working with my office over the past three months to create this program. i know, you know, we are hopefully going to be able to provide support to at least 500 businesses through this program. but the need is even greater and we're going to look at how we can expand the pot. in the budget, i think there's an additional -- some additional funds in this year's budget that we can used to
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expand the pot if there is a great demand for the program, which i think there will be. beyond that, this is just providing relief to the businesses and supporting them in their recovery. but we really need to look at how we can prevent the steps the cities can take. i know mayor breed and chief scott in the police department and -- good folks here at this station are committed to as well. i'm going to hold a hearing mid october in the public safety neighborhood committee as to what we can do as a city to address crime in our commercial corridors and ensure safety for businesses and residents. that will be an opportunity to really look at how we can prevent this type of crime from happening in the future. today we are here to announce the launch of the important new program and i want to introduce
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sunset native who took over this footprint shoe store from the previous owners just before the pandemic kicked in. i want to thank michael for keeping this important business going in the neighborhood and serving the community and for suggesting that we create the store front relief program. thank you. (applause) >> it's an honor to be here and i want to thank supervisor mar, mayor breed for taking time and putting this program and their entire teams and everybody behind the scenes, putting this grant together so small businesses can come out of this. i want to thank the station
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after our store got vandalized, the captain reached out personally and was along my side to get through the insurance handling process. he and his team were there for us. thank you. the pandemic has been for me, never knew what a pandemic was. when i took over the business i was excited to start and two weeks later we were told we had to close. i think something that is positive that has come out of the pandemic is community. i think without the pandemic, this never would have happened. i definitely see this is a positive to come out of covid-19 and i look forward to continue to engage with the city to help small businesses. i grew up just a few blocks from this store. i shop and eat at all of the neighborhood stores and it is
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very sad to see them struggling. but i do believe if we come together, with the help of the grant for the stores that got vandalized, we'll be able to come out stronger and united as a whole together. i want to introduce people to come up. grace? (applause) >> hi, i am with carolyn lin -- carlin company hair studio. i just want to take a moment to thank supervisor mar for helping push through the relief bill and mayor breed for signing the bill and pushing it through. it is very much needed. we have been in much -- had many challenges, the construction and pandemic and now crime. it is good to have relief and
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help from the city in these very hard times. just want to thank you supervisor mar and mayor breed. and i guess i'm the last speaker, we're all available for questions if you have questions for the speakers. >> i saw that the release was saying that grants aren't to cover stolen goods or shared spaces. >> for -- this is a vandalism relief fund. it is for, sadly, people who have been victims. there are specific requirements we have. for example, if you have been vandalized, we would ask that you report it to the police. so we want to make sure there's a police report and receipts for
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the expenses. and if you are a victim of graffiti for example, all 311 to report it and as long as we have receipts, we can provide the relief. today we brought the checks for footprints, not just the vandalism relief fund for what he had to deal with but also sf shines and the less questions you ask, the more time we can spend shopping to spend more money in his good store. christian? >> i'm not sure if it's for the mayor or supervisor, are we talking broken grass, graffiti you talked about. what does it cover? and does it work in conjunction with broken glass? >> just to be clear, it is any vandalism related to anything you would need to make a police report for the vandalism on your store and it could include
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graffiti and often times people don't leslie make police reports for graffiti but if you have been vandalized and something needs to be fixed because of the vandalism, that is what it encompasses. the money from the broken windows fund can be used as a tool as well. so for example, say if you had a broken window and then you also as a result have desire to put in cameras and other systems the enhance and protect your store, there's possible support through these various programs to do that with a cap on the idea that we provide. the vandalism relief fund is capped at $2,000 at this time. >> can we have an idea of what is going on?
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[indiscernible] is it one person or -- >> captain, do you want to talk about that today? >> so we made an arrest recently and it was a series of vandalisms occurring in the chinatown business corridors and it was occurring up and down ocean avenue. so, from the investigation in that arrest, what we were able to learn was it was basically one person that was responsible for upwards of 30 or 40 incidents. in that case, we do know based on interviewing that person, too, that it was prejudice based. there was vandalism involved but it was driven by prejudice and again, 30-40 incidents is quite a lot of incidents. and across multiple police
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districts. hopefully that arrest in and of itself will reduce a lot of these incidents. >> feel free to shop if you want. thank you for being here. ♪♪♪
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>> here. >> commissioner sullivan. >> here. >> commissioner wald. >> here. >> commissioner wan. >> here. >> we have a quorum. >> can you hear me? >> yes. >> good. sorry about technical difficulties. good evening. the commission on environment acknowledges we objecting you pie the unseated homelands of the ramaytush ohlone people. the ramaytush ohlone understand the harmony with nature. we honor the people for their endurance and commitment to mother earth. in accordance with their tradition the ramaytush ohlone are the care takers. we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their
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toward a better and cooler future for everyone. i am excited to recognize a student who is leading the way to create meaningful change in the city. we are looking at the strategic plan and hear updates on the programs we are implementing. energy access sf. is there any public comment on the president's statement? i will put the instructions up for making a public comment. just reminder comments should be related to this agenda item. president's welcome. press star 3 to be on added to the queue. you will have three minutes to comment. i don't see any callers in the queue. we will pause for anyone to call in.
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seeing no callers in the queue. okay. public comment is closed. next item, please. >> item 3. approval of minutes of the july 27, 2021 commission on the environment meeting. the draft meeting minutes for discussion and possible action. >> commissioners any discussion? can i hear a motion to approve the draft minutes, please. >> so moved. >> commissioner bermay joe. >> second by commissioner wan. any discussions or changes? let's open public comment.
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>> aye. >> vice president ahn. >> he is indicating an aye. he is muted. >> commissioner bermejo. >> aye. >> commissioner hunter. >> aye. >> commissioner sullivan. >> aye. >> commissioner wald. >> aye. >> commissioner wan. >> aye. >> all right. the motion passes. next item, please. >> item 4. general public comment. members of the public may address the commission on matters that are within the commission's jurisdiction and are not on today's agenda. >> instructions for public comment are back up on the screen. i will read instructions. if you would like to make comment dial 415-655-0001. access code 24846483848.
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you will need to press star 3 to be added to theque. if you do not press star 3 you will not be added to the call queue. i do not see any callers. we will take another pause. no callers in the queue. >> all right. public comment is closed. next item, please. >> item 5. presentation of the commission on the environment environmental
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service award to lena huang. >> commissioner i am sorry we can't be face-to-face. i am excited to hear you introduce the recipient. >> one day we will meet in person, not today. i am very excited to present this environmental service award to lena, a student at sf unified doing great work to volunteering and taking a moment to celebrate as being an inspiring young leader. she is making an impact on the community. this young representative is doing great work with zero waste while serving as ambassador and working on water monitoring. advocating for oceans.
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i am so glad our planet is in the hands of young leaders like lena. i am pleased to thank you for bettering the planet and i wish you your best future fighting the claim at. i will pass it over. would you like to say a few words? >> i want to say it is a great pleasure to give you this award, len. you exemplify young leaders at the forefront of the climate movement. your service is clear in the spaces that inhabit. i wanted to highlight house important the virtual spaces that you have held workshops and youth climate summits. we are grateful for your work throughout san francisco. thank you. >> katie, would you like to say a few words?
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>> yes. lena, i got to know her a for a couple months. i am a math teacher and she is in my class. i am the sponsor for the club. i look forward to having lena bring new ideas and also help support the community to be more greener. thank you everyone. >> lena the work is am mades. it sure passes anything i ever did in my youth. do you have any words, lena? >> thank you for giving me this environmental service award. when i am in nature i lose track of time. if it is a newly planted tree or something big like a new climate policy passed. it is important to work on climate issues.
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we only have one earth. it is important to preserve resources we have currently or else we will have irreversible consequences. melting of icecaps, sea level rise and increase of natural disasters. september 9th 2020 we witnessed that. the orange smog caused by wildfires. i worked with amazing people in the climate movement. shout out to those. i enjoy my time. so many like minded people working together to outreach to schools and spread awareness about our environment. i enjoy putting together workshops and seeing everyone knowing what is happening in the world. it is often i work with ecs.
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i enjoy habitat restoration. it is grade to take digital and real life action to protect environment and planet. it is an honor to be receiving this award. thank you so much. thank you for all of your work. virtual applause. >> thank you so much. you are inspiring. i love when we get a chance to talk to the youth of san francisco. congratulations on your award. katie, we will open public comment for this item. >> i will put it here. instructions are on the screen for anyone who would like to call in to comment.
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environmental services award. make sure to press star 3 to be added to the queue. otherwise i will not see your name and number pop-up in the queue. i am not seeing any callers. we will pause for a few seconds. there are no caller in the queue. >> we will close public comment. next item. thank you. >> moving on to item 6. review and vote on whether to accept the policy committee's recommendation to approve 2021-04-coe adopting the 2021
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reduced risk pesticide list for city properties. the speaker is dr. chris geiger, integrated pest management program manager. resolution 2021-04-coe. this is for discussion and possible action. >> director would you like to speak, please. >> thank you. we had a very robust discussion about the pesticide list and the i.b.m. program in general at the policy committee meeting. we are not going to repeat. i will raise a few highlights the policy committee was able to hear we won't be talking about. we talked about what it is like
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to function as ipm program during covid. we were hoping covid would be over this year. of course, it isn't. the interesting things that have happened, blessing and curse of covid. the advisory committee meetings going on for decades actually grew in participation. typical numbers were about 30 to 35. they peaked at 95 people that is because it is easier to get on a meeting in a call if you don't have to leave your desk. there are some good thing the pandemic. attendance in trainings is one. chris talked about the pilot testing that continues. we don't stop. we are looking for alternatives to our tier 1 products. though projects continue as with all of the work we are doing in
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affordable housing. we avoid the use of pesticides altogether. we had a little bit of ironic situation happen. we have identified an alternative to round up. everybody was excited. they were surprised how well it worked. the it turned out the manufacturer was lying about ingredients. the product went off the market and we stopped using it immediately as well. if it is too good to be true, probably it is. we also heard from chris about -- we heard from our colleagues at the airport about the work they are doing looking at every single lease for every occupant of the airport to bring ipm to all of them in a real holistic way. we heard from department of public works about a yeoman's
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effort to refurbish the plaza and get rid of the habitat for rats and all of the coordination. that was an amazing example what collaboration means and what the integrated pest management means. what you are going to hear is some data about pesticide use. you will see that in fact there was a small increase in 2021. chris will dissect that for you. overall, we continue to be incredibly proud of our efforts. chris will give you the details. i will turn it over to chris guyter. >> thank you, debbie. you said it all. there is not much more. let's start. i am going to talk a little bit about redoesed living pesticide list we propose for the coming year. this applies only to city
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operations. what you are seeing here is not a pest. this is one of the good bugs that we depend on. it deserves honor. here it is. debbie mentioned i am not going to the activities. i will talk in broad terms about the trends. summarize our recommendations. debbie asked me to give her five minutes reflection, higher level reflections on the ipm program. the reason is that after 18 years here i am going to leave city service at the end of february. it is likely that i won't be before you again. at least on this topic before then. it is a good chance to, i guess, step back and talk about what i
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have seen in 18 years. i will talk about an activity near and dear to my heart. pest prevention and affordable housing. i want to let you know that we are actively following up on our efforts to build pest prevention into, i think it was 34 0 units of af-- 3400 units five years ago under a grant we are implementing. i will be here to the end of this. i am going to finish this up. i think it is important to know how effective it has been and whether, you know, the pests are controlled. if so, what is most effective? if quality of life is improved for residents. that is the important thing. i wanted to highlight that as
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one of the important projects going on. next slide, please. the metric that we have been most relying on for pesticide use in the city is use of tier 1, most hazardous pesticides in the city. the trend from our baseline year of 2010 to 2020 is 97% reduction since 2010. that is good. but not as good as last year. last year it was 98% reduction. we lost a percent. we did foresee this. some of the city ipm folks warned this might happen. i will tell you about the reasons in a moment. looking in a different way. this is what the tier 1
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pesticide use looks like city-wide since 2010. this is what the tier 2 and 3 has as products look like. you will notice quite a big increase in 2020 for the tier 3 and tier 2 products. what happened here? part of it, according to our partners at rec park was no doubt the link to covid. like so many things. they could not carry on extensive volunteer weeding programs. christopher is here from parks if there are questions on this. that certainly increased the need for some herbicide use to maintain good habitat management in some areas of the 3,000 areas
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rec and park manages. that is not all. i have to thank debbie for pushing on this. this kind of shows why these metrics are not always what they seem. in looking at this more closely, a bigger part of the tier 1 increase was a couple of applications of borax. it is about borax products used for preserving wood, preventing infestations of wood beatles. in the log cabin and japanese tea garden. these are the lower risk products by our program.
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borax are tier 1 hazard because there is male reproductive toxicity associated with them. that is at a very, very high exposure such as in a factory, for example. we do not consider this to be a problem. this is also the least risky technique for preventing infestations in these historic dwellings. that accounted for 62% in increase in use. a couple applications of borax in those buildings. the rest of it was due to increase in the tier 1 herbicide used mostly in natural areas. that accounts for the tier 1 changes. tier 2 and 3, we looked closer. it is overwhelmingly due to
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applications made on the golf course. golf historically especially in this course where we have standards that are set by the golf tournaments, at least partially set by golf tournaments, the organizations we work with. when they do make application, it is a large one. good news. one of the big applications of tier 3 is mineral oil. it is used to prevent fungus. the other one is botanical product that is used for a variety of pests. the amount is large. hazard is very low. i was very happy to see that. that makes the news a little bit better on the trend.
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debbie mentioned we continued to reduce the use on city properties, the active ingredient in roundup. we had discussion. we are at 98.4 reduction on city properties since 2010. i am going to briefly summarize what we propose in terms of changes to reduced risk pesticide list. debbie mentioned one already. the false hope for organic herbicide called weed slayer. that is off the list. we took it off immediately as soon as the news came through it was a fraud. we are better off than organic
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growers suing them. a class action lawsuit. we changed out generic rodent bait for a specific product. this is a matter of having more to choose from. i won't summarize the rest except to say a couple interesting tier 3 products. bird repellant artificial grape scent. it smells like grapes. some living nematodes used against insects. these are the major changes. i should also mention that we further are restricting roundup use. it is down to a very low level. the technical adviser committee recommended this language that
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is workable for city staff. we are incorporating this prohibition on its use in situations that don't fit this criteria. these are admin things for six other products. now it is time for a very big change of subject. giving a reflection on 18 years with the ipm program. i cannot believe i have been here this long. i followed debbie. she got this going. came from kelly pa. she lured me out here 18 years ago. no regrets. i think, first of all, i am
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honored to work with the city step with ipm. they are impressive and talented. this is a professional group highly trained in the subject matter. i guess, you know, i could say a lot of platitudes about the program. i would give a few things that might be useful going forward. a few lessons to pass to the commission to whoever succeeds me here. first is something i said often. ipm is not san francisco department program. it is city-wide program. i hope we have helped along the way to get things moving, to keep it on track, to make resources accessible, data accessible. it is really the commitment and expertise of the core group of ipm professionals out there and departments that made it happen.
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the metric of success i like to site is that we have been having monthly meetings completely voluntary monthly meetings of inter-department meetings for 20 years. people keep coming. people are still enthusiastic. 20 years of inter-department mental voluntary meeting is pretty good. when i look back on this. one of the memories i will treasure is how tough it is to get people out of the room after the meetings. we are there for a hour afterwards because people are still talking, sometimes griping about bosses. often and usually they are exchanging information about this topic. they are talking. this is a peer to peer learning network. that is good to remember this is not. we don't have ownership.
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we have an important role that is not our program. second thing i would say, and i have to keep it short is maybe it doesn't sound as good on ahead line. ipm is not just pesticide reduction program. it is a lot more than that. as a matter of fact. in the early days, pesticide use was a much better measure of success than now. we were getting rid of bad stuff and having drastic reductions based on other techniques. now the amounts used don't necessarily reflect the potential for harm. like we just saw we used a big amount of botanical oil or
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mineral oil. or we used borax for preventing beatles. it is harm reduction program. not just based on pesticide hazards. it is based on the pests themselves. we saw this so many times working affordable housing. walking into a unit. one i will never forget. i probably showed you the slide. vacant two weeks. the countertops are covered with coffee grounds. except they weren't coffee ground it was cockroach. so many the whole place was covered. this was an issue not of pesticide use but bad test management and other troubles they had out there. in fact, it was just not
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habitable, some of those units. very big service to the city to work on these and get good pest management in place, the safe as possible to reduce harm from all sources. harm reduction program in some ways part of an eco logical landscape management. christopher can tell you the rest of that landscape management program. it is also a training program. again, 20 years as technical adviser committee, ipm and specialty training. i think that is the way to think about this going forward. not to brag, but i will brag anyway. it is a picture perfect example of the action.
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we have transparency, proactive action to prevent harm. we are looking at alternatives, we have involving people and perceptions of people which are not correct scientifically but important nonetheless. if they in many ways it fits that definition precautionary principles. we have evolved a lot of systems to make that happen. i will get off my soapbox. i am so grateful to have worked with the program. we are going to do everything to have a smooth transition moving forward, and it is wonderful working with the commission as well. thank you for all of this. i guess you have an action item which is to consider adopting
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the list after all of that. thank you. >> thank you. your humility is lovely and unnecessary. anyone looking at the reduction the lines sharply drops is a testament to the work you have done and be the way that -- it t is a perfect example the department is the center of the spokes to the rest of the departments. it is something done with all of the other players across the city. you are in the center of the wheel with the spokes for such a long time. you have done a beautiful job serving the city and dedicating yourself to toxic reductions in san francisco. that is going to have ramifications for us forever. you should be so proud of that. i appreciate all of the work you have done and really value everything you have given to the commission and to the city.
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commissioners, i would love to open up to any comments or questions. it sounds like we have christopher here as well from rec and park to answer any questions that might come up. commissioners any questions or comments? i can't see if people raise hands. sorry, katie, you might have to help me out. >> commissionerwald. >> i have to comment on chris' big news. i mean it is very big news. i think i might have been here almost as long as he has been and he has been as president
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stevenson said the center of the wheel when it comes to ipm and this program. i have to thank you hugely for your service to the department and the city. i want -- i hope all of us will acknowledge the huge impact on the ipm program and the use of herbicides or declining use of herbicides in the city, the encouraging that he showed us. the decline in the use of tier 1 herbicides, particularly
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glyphosyte. the programs you built throughout the city. thank you, thank you and congratulations to you and your colleague in the ipm programs for all you accomplished over the years. not just since 2010 and not just this year and last year but through the entirety of the program. it is a real tribute to san francisco and the department's willingness to take on a hugely important topic without fear of failure. as a resident of san francisco i am incredibly grateful. i don't be know if this is the right moment, but if it is, i
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would like to move for approval of the resolution and the list and to do it in honor of your extraordinary service. >> i hear a motion from commissioner wald. >> i will second. >> commissioner sullivan second. any other commissioners want to speak or ask any questions? >> i would like to agree with everything that commissioner stephenson andwald said. the work is successful. part of that has been not just reducing the pesticides which is in itself a success. balancing that with the need for
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pest management, the natural areas of pesticides and herbicides and cockroaching need to be eliminated. it is a tough balancing act to figure out how to reduce the use of pesticides while still getting the work done. i have only been be on the commission a short period but i admire the balancing act. it is really tough. >> commissioner bermejo. >> i echo the sentiments expressed by you commissioners. i thank you, chris, for all the work and how you just patiently
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explain exactly how we are working together with the ipm program. just want to wish you the best and thank you so very much for your work and commitment and for bringing so much people together in the city department. it is no small feat to keep the interest level up as well. best to you. i am sure we will hear about your next steps. thank you so much for your service. >> i don't see any other hands raised. public comment, please. >> instructions for public comment are on the screen. comments should be related to this agenda item. you will have three minutes to comment. if you dial in on the phone to make a comment, press star 3 to be added to the virtual queue. if you do not press star 3 you
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will not be added to the queue. we will take a brief pause. no callers in the queue. >> with no more public comment. public comment is closed. roll call vote, please. >> president stephenson. >> aye. >> vice president ahn. >> aye. >> commissioner bermejo. >> aye. >> hunter. >> aye. >> sullivan. >> aye. >> wald. >> aye. >> commissioner wan.
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>> aye. >> the motion passes. thank you again, chris. next item, please. >> item 7. presentation on energy access sf and progress to date. deborah rafael and speaker kathleen brian. this item is for discussion. >> thank you. wow. these are such core programs for the department. it is wonderful that ushhearing about ipm and energy efficiency in the same meeting. as you know, san francisco has aggressive de carbonization goals. we want to get off natural gas. we want all electric in buildings. equally, we want to reduce amount of energy or electricity we need to operate buildings. that gets you to the importance of energy efficiency, decreasing
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the load in a building. we need that to be cost-effective, accessible to all san franciscans, to businesses large animal to the residential programs. for years we had a public private partnership or partnership with p.g.e. that was called energy watch. that ended in 2020. what p.g.e. did. we are not having these public partnerships. public agencies if you want to work with us, you have to bid like anyone else. we had to write a proposal to pg&e to put ourselves out as provider of energy efficiency services. we looked at our strengths. they are the incredible technical expertise of our energy efficiency team and creativity of outreach team and we brought those to energy
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access sf. that is what you are going to hear about today from two of our magnificent staff. countily brian on the technical side and rebecca on the communications and outreach side. >> good evening everyone. we have a presentation. i am kathleen brian. you have been told the story already. good evening, everyone. director, commission secretary and members of the public. thank you for providing the opportunity to highlight our new local government partnership with pg&e energy access sf.
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the story begins with the san francisco energy watch. those new to the commission and members of the public san francisco energy watch was an energy efficiency programs that served every corner of the city. funded by state funds it spans two decades. nearly 8,000 projects were completed. we paid out more than $24 million in rebates. energy team did it all in this program. we did outreach, marketing, staff conducted energy assessment, equipment, referred contractors and paid rebates to contractors and customers. we were an energy efficiency program im menter. so that about five years ago the california public commission cpc gave new direction. they required new im menters and
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pushed for payment based on energy savings. this didn't it is well. they carved out new targeted audiences and themes. they wanted programs to focus on public buildings and this is a challenge for san francisco because our public buildings get clean electricity instead. they wanted innovative programs that focused on disadvantaged advantages. they wanted outreach for their im menters rather than being implementters themselves. we wonders what it would look like after two decades. the same focus on disadvantaged communities and hard to reach customers established
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boundaries. the disadvantaged community is defined by bill 535, areas that suffer from economic, health environmental burden. south of market, tenderloin and the bayview-hunters point as you can see. bayview is 94% people of color, 56% of residents do not speak english. given these factors, the new focus for local governments and energy watch experience we proposed new energy access sf. we submitted in december 2019. by july 2020 we were under contract and ramping up. let's learn more about energy sf. since access is the answer to the question what will the new partnership look like?
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as $2.5 million budgeted over three years. the goal of energy access to provide access to and facilitate participation in energy programs. we want access for the residents and businesses in the disadvantaged community and surrounding neighborhoods. this was developed using rich energy watch experience along without reach. we also leverage recent developments. the approach to accomplishing the goal is this formula. data science, trusted messenger equals energy participation. back to the earlier map to show the target audience over the three year program. this is program year one in bayview-hunters point. year two focuses on excelsior to serve single family residential
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and small and medium businesses smb. this neighborhood is significant opportunity remains. they have english second language. most businesses lease the spaces. in the year three we are in the san francisco second back the tenderloin to work with multi-family building owners. we will run through june of 2023. next slide. within each of the three service territories we focus on small and medium businesses and residents. let's learn about the three steps. use data science to unleash power of 15 minute data to identify customers with strong efficiency opportunities and high propensity to participate. using rich experience in outreach we offer
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community-based delivery like trusted messengers. finally, when we find interested customers we determine the best fit program for each, bill release, care and retrofits, energy savings program for qualified low income or single family, commercial programs and numerous others. next slide. [please stand by]
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>> says the pandemic restrictions have left it. staff are alsoavailable to conduct energy efficiency assessments . we will soon be promoting in-person events and dealing with community-based organizations. more on that later. next slide.specific to the small and medium businesses, read although has michael gone donated to on-site energy expenses they are experienced auditors from the energy watch program . ourenergy watchofficers actual energy audits with customers .
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next slide . after each energy assessment, rita and michael provide a report to the business identifying their energies. next slide. finally the energy coaches at this small and mediumbusiness customers would drill into finances . currently we havetwo options . detainees on bill financing for larger projects andadmission assetfunds, small business loans . next slide . now i'll go over our topics specific to the residential sector. next slide. so specific to think single-family residences we will provide a homeownerenergy report . these are customized reports to show us single-family homeowners benefits of energy intervention. the models of benefits are software, data, building,
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plumbing and electrical permitting data. next slide. this is a summary of what outreachlooks like . and again, during each of the phases that you see here we make sure that reaching out to each of the three sectors everything is in three languages to reach as many folksas possible . nextslide . when we have interested customers to send them directly to a third-party program including the they own program or one of our direct sellers. for single-family customers we refer them to four programs, two of which are focusedon low income residents . oneoffers discounts onenergy bills and the other offers free home energy upgrades . next slide .
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energy programs are among the hardest to market. they tend to be the most complex and unchangeable. many programs require doing equipment upgrades which are out of reach of most low income homeowners who do not have sufficient disposable income we have had limited contact information for this project . pg and even was unable to share phone numbers so we leverage voter registration information. we can't do door-to-door outreach to residences because of covid and doing cold calls by phone is a big challenge and people are used to ignoring unknown phone calls. there are technological barriers. many seniors will gowith email which is necessary for enrollment . next slide. we see equally challenging issues for businesses. in particular the pandemic left many businesses uncertain as to how much longer they will be in business and makes them
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reluctant to investin upgrades that they don't know how long will be around . next slide . in spite of the barriers we've beenvery encouraged by results to date . so far in bayview seven percent to 835 residents, email sent out to about 400 residents. phone calls were made to 475 residents and we had viable contact info and of the residence we were able to reach by phone we saw a very high number of referrals. 60 percent were interested in one or more programs which is very high especially for cold phone calls. if you think about the last time you said yes to an unknown caller overthe phone that probably hasn't happened recently .next slide and i'll pass it back to kathleen . >> thanks linda. so to overcome the barriers as we mentioned here are the next steps. in our first outreach earlier this summer, we determined
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community-based organizations or ceos to benefit the program by increasing code recognition and trust in the community . in order to break down barrier , both residential and business sectors the outreach team is finalizing partnerships from ceos. first, see magic. the hunters point mobilization in our communities.second, economic development and uncertainty. we are still looking for those to fill out this year. in addition we have plans to aid in both print anddigital . next slide. so let's recap our latest government initiatives. the goal of the program is to facilitate articulation in energy programs by residents and businesses in multiple
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communities. our formula is data science will get us to the goal. we are currently in year one. year two will be mission excelsior, your three is the market. the budget for theprogram is 2.45 million over three years . we had a great run with energy watch. during that program we felt staff expertise were tremendous value to our community. we learned about our community's needs. we evolve based on new regulatory directions and decades of experience and our new program is focused on the underserved community . energy access sf. next slide. thank you for your interest an attention and we're happy to answer any questions you may have . >> thank you, that's awesome. i know when everything changed from pg and the over the last year, it was a little nerve-racking.
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we look at all the good work you've done for so many years with energy watch and i'm happy to see how the government has been able to be innovative and directional and really jump back into the fray with this program. this is awesome one quick question.are there target numbers of participants that were looking for? is there some kind of a goal that is we want to have asked number of businesses for x number of kilowatt power savings or is this something when pg andy look at the power they're going to determine what the successes ? >> we are still resetting some of those targets with the disruptions since the beginning of the program but in short we're being judged by the
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number of mailerswe send and the number of successful calls we make. othermetrics include the number of energy assessments that we do and as sf said those have been in person, we report on those . all the energy action plans that we send out , the number of referrals that we send to other programs. as in the case of the small and medium businesses sending these leads to their community implementers so the folks who are actually going to do the project installation. those are themetrics for the program . >> that's helpful, thank you commissioners do you have any questions or comments ? commissioner, looks like your hand is raised . >> thatwas from before. i didn't mean to do that . >> president: see no commissioners with their hands raised i wanted to get back to director rossdale. >> i want clarification from staff on thedefinition we used . i talked about this in the past but are we constrained by some
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kind of state funding guidelines to use the spanish community for that definition in particular? you did expand what's not included in the definition. >> the interval math that we show is by the state definition but because they also want service to the harder to reach customers that is a separate definition. we included the initial and we expected just to do small and medium businesses because more of them meet the definition but we receivedpermission to add in more family customers for your 2 . we can figure that year to target. >> sorry to be a super policy wonk. is that just aterm the cdc had developed for hard-to-reach ?
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>> they developed it themselves and it's been debated a lot over the past five or six year but essentially it's very challenging to meet that definition outside of the deck . but you still can't have english as a second language. low usage and low employee count in this space. so that's where the smb's are, they get you outhard-to-reach qualifications . >> thanks for clarifying and maybe this is just for the book at large but you'll probably notice if you look at original date maps that the territory i guess that are considered so-called disadvantaged, in other words deserving of resources it's very limited and very prescribed at the san francisco department of environment i've done a lot of work to try to improve that
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definition to make it more inclusive so the mission district can be included . chinatown is another community i would love to see a part of the sf mission and to note they're using currently the 3.0 map but if the draft 4.0 map goes on revised, that's problematic for the district because soma and tenderloin will avoid the law. the community has an extraordinarily and we should be focused on bayview but i want to make sure you're including other communities that most people would only consider frontline communities could be deserving of resources as well. >> president: thank you commissioner. i want to hand the mac might back to director rafe out. >> that's such a good point and because pg&e was doing this under cdcguidelines , they made the rules on what met the
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criteria and we have spent so much time at cpuc trying to affect their definition and its right to point out we have spent a lot of timewith the state trying to make adjustments . they just look at us and say well, i'm sorry. the definitions don't work for san francisco. but it's a problem because there's resources and how it changesbased on those definitions . i wanted to make another note publicly right now because it turns out kathleen is probably the last time you are going to see kathleen ryan and that is because she is moving on in he career . so i want to just take one minute to say kathleen, thank you. you started in 2006 when you started the department was much
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smaller. you ramped up the energy watch partnership with pg&e and with and kelly and all these wonderful personalities of people that you've worked with over the years . you have grown as aprofessional . we have given you more and more responsibility. you were even acting program manager for a while and what i want to say is even while all the chaos has been going on around you you remain unflappable and youare just such a calm force for doing the rightthing . under your leadership , we had almost 8000 projects and paid out $24 million in rebates, having made a real difference in the city. i believe kathleen that you embody our departments values. commissioners, you will hear more about our values in a minute but in particular credibility, collaboration, impact.
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you bring those with you every day.frankly everyone wants to work with you whether it's people in the department at pg&e, the district, you just are an amazing colleague and i want to end with locals words. lowell says as a colleague kathy always brings her best. as a leader she often brings out our best and i think that is a beautiful way of encapsulating all those years of professionalismso we will miss you . >> thank you president. >> thank you kathleen for all your service. weappreciate the mark you've left on the city. any more comments or questions ? all right, let's open it up to public comment one second. we will have the instructions. so the instructions for public commentare back up on the
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screen . remember comments should be related to this agenda item . it's a presentation on energy access sf and you will have three minutes to make your comments and if you are calling in previousremember to press star 3 in order to be added to the virtual queue. if you do not press star 3 you will not appear in the queue . >> i'm not currently seeing any callers in the queue but we will take a brief pause.... seeing no followers and that you. >> president: public comment i
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our close, let's move to the next item . >> clerk: moving to our next item, update on the department's strategic plan, debra phelps. speakers are director meshack. >> i want you to relax and sort of get inthe fight with us as we talk aboutour strategic plan . i'm really grateful to asia , and meshack'sleadership as the program manager for our outreach and communications . my god, i blanked out on the name. the operations committee hears a lot from asia but not so much the policy committee so i'm excited you all get to hear fromasia tonight . she and i will tagteam this going back andforth . you may remember the last plan. you were all very supportive of
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it so we're calling this a refresh rather than a revolution and what we're going to do in the next 20 minutes is we're going to set the scene for you, remind you wherewe've been . introduce you to the plan, the goal and what some of the subgoals are and just wrap it up. there's more detail in reading the plan. it's a beautiful looking plan. mark nicholas did a great job of putting it together in a readable format, it's a 50 page document so i encourage youto enjoy it and look through it . this presentation takes pieces out of it. with that thankyou katie. the first thing you'll notice is this is a three-year strategic plan, not a five-year strategic plan .
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the reason is because it's a refresh so wewanted to acknowledge the fact that we are doing a lot of other work on our climate action plan . we are in a pandemic so we need to update this strategic plan. we've made important changes but because it isn't so driven by the community and the commission, we are capping it at threeyears so that we can get back to this in a year or two from now . next slide. when you think about, when we think about a strategic plan i'd like to think of it with two metaphors . a compass and a touchstone. the compass, the purpose of the plan is to lead us in a direction so we don't have mission creep and are wondering around a universe of possibilities. we are focusedand we understand what our priorities are and why they are a priority . it's a touchstone because it needs to be a document that doesn't sit on the shelf but that we keep coming back to as
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a check on how we're making decisions and how we're using ourresources and how we're having impact . for us, the plan is something that must not bejust a written document on a shelf . it must be a concept and a touchstone. withthat i will turn it over to asia to give us a little background . >> good evening commissioners and all and if you could advance this to the next slide please katie, that would be great . it's great to be here and talk a little bit about this labor of love, this project we've been working on for the last year or so. for we advance and providing you additional context for our current plan and for the content i wanted to take a step back and look back toprovide concepts for how we got here . as several of you will recall
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our 2016 to 2020 plan was informed by in-depth community engagement, this is a great over community dialogues or workshops in which some of you all participated, helping understandcommunity priorities with respect to the environment in san francisco . our goal is to havethose priorities collected in the contents of that plan they ultimately were . that was also my introduction to the environment and diving into the deep end it was a great opportunity to engage all across with my colleagues across the departments andwith our community members . and talk more and learn more about our programs and services and how they could potentially impact and what they needed. this new three-year plan is an iterative updateon the last informed by public feedback . this time during the climate action process which coincided with the development of sfp's new strategic plan so many of the learnings that emerged from
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the process are outlined here. next slide please. so the framework of our strategic plan, new plan and some of the keycontents are going to be very familiar to many of you including our mission statement which you see only got aslight tweak . the department's mission continues to be to advance protections and quality of life for all san franciscans . if you would please advance to the next slide katie. our values are also still the same. we have the same five core values of credibility, innovation, collaboration, equity and impact .next slide please . and we have six goals this time instead of five. beyond that there are notable new additions to this plan.
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if you could advance to the next slide katie that we will highlight including a new goal right at the top and we will go into that injust a second . our new additionreflects the current legislative priorities and policy agendas . of our department and city and enhanced racial equity priority moving on to the next slide . this is i've found to be a helpful guide and it even works to for me when i first came to the department. to give you context for how the plan is structured and in some cases areminder , we have 6 key goals and optioning from those goals we have anywhere from 1 to 3 subgoals that offshoot from each goal that crystallized specific goal areas and then offloading from the subgoals we have objectives and strategies. those strategies are really the actions we are ultimately
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taking to implement and move forward to drive action towards the goal, the parents goals that we have. underneath that we have key metrics and those metricsgive us an indication of the progress we're making towards the achievement of the goal . we cite accomplishments in the document itself and those provide some anecdotes or qualitative examples of projects or programs such as how we're moving forward advancing the goals and then we have quotes from our community addressing theirpriorities as it relates to each goal . and i will pause there and i'm going to pass the baton to debbie. >> the thing i would say about this slide is that we're not going to go over the objectives andstrategies tonight . that issomething that i would invite you to take a look at the plan and see . it's exciting to me what's in there.
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we're going to stay at the goal andsome gold level and give you highlights . next slide. are going todive in now to the 6 goals . asia said goal 1 is a new goal. we talked a lot about doing these as racial equity needs its own goal.because clearly racial equity is in every single one of the next five goals is core to what we do but does it need to be elevated? we decided with all the work we're doing on this the last couple of years and what we anticipate to be doing strategically for the next who knows how many years , it really needs to be its own goal and it needs to be the first one. we created an advancing racial equity goal as a way of using that compass and that touchstone metaphor to say this is who we are and this iswhat we prioritize. next slide .
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the first sub goal is to transform the department and its environmental program to support the collective liberation of black indigenous and people of color in san francisco. so the second half of that sentence is language that comes from the office of racial equity in terms of how they want us to think about what racial equity means and what its ultimate goal is . the first part of that sentence is acknowledging that that work is done internally in our own department as well as externally without programs so the strategies and objectives in this subgoals you will see focused a lot on our racial equity action plan which is internally focused, doing things like making sure that we are normalizing the way we talk about race, looking at our hiring practices. making sure that our racial equity tool is being used for
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all our programs and looking for systemic, structural barriers that we are supporting or in fact putting in place through on our programs. yes, racial equity is throughout every objective and strategy and goal, but here we are calling out ourwork to make sureit is done . next slide . >> goal 2 of 6 is to promote how the communities and ecosystem. this goal is about protecting the health of san francisco residents and city staff by reducing our exposure to harmful chemicals andincreasing our access to nature . the first sub goal is to increase adoption of safer alternatives to harmful projects and materials. this is all about promoting the
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use of safer products, creating markets for such products and expanding management practices that you heard of it earlier which reduce test populations while minimizing human health and the environment chapter. next slide please. our second summer goal under the apparent goal 2 is to connect all residents, workers and visitors with major every day . this summer goal is all about ensuring those populations, workers and visitors have the opportunity to connect with nature by increasing the biodiversity of the city's natural environments and improving access to nature notably through our city's views whichwe achieve through partnerships and collaboratives like san francisco children and nature . over to you debbie. >> next slide. goal 3. goal 3 has three
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subgoals. this is leaning on climate action and i'm proud and excited about this goal. this goal of all the ones that carry forward last timearound , this one involves the most and it reflects the strategic work we've done as acommission and a department over the last five years >> . [please stand by] the way
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we want to talk about our programs and what 0 means. so that's a little bit of a shift in this goal. all right. sub goal one. next slide. so this says reduce solid waste generation and disposal. so what's really important here is that this is a sub goal where we don't only talk about collection but all the work on promoting sorting and increasing technology and the
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ability to collect and recycle in compost, but it's also an acknowledgement of the important work of reducing generation. and you might recall that in 2018 with the global climate action summit. they have signed on an international global goal to reduce generation of municipal solid waste. 15% by 2030. so what reducing generation means is the actual size of the blue and green bins can decrease not because people are putting things in the wrong place. we don't need to put it in the green bin or the blue win. that's the goal we have is to reduce generation. this is also a place where we talk about household hazardous waste and all the incredible programming we're doing. giving out grants dmount partners. using our retail partners as
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collection sites. lots of different work here as well as some of our construction and demolition work. next slide. sub goal two is to promote responsible consumption by san francisco residents and businesses. here is where we're looking upstream. we want to prevent food waste. this is a big push strategically we're going to be going in the next three years. and, of course, a journey that san francisco is always on which is to reduce problem products to begin with. what are the things that have no place in the blue bin that are hazardous to use, dangerous to dispose of and impede the circular economy. so this is where we're looking at what people are buying and what's on the market. and then, our last goal. on to you. >> all right. last and certainly not least is our sixth goal which is to amplify community action. and this goes about the pivotal
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role of the community. through not only their behavioral choices, but also their leadership and their partnership on shaping community programs and initiatives. next slide, please. our first sub goal under goal six is to build a shared culture of environmental stewardship across san francisco. this reflects the values and needs of our community. sfd has prided itself on innovative campaigns and communications and we need to maintain that leadership. founded upon an understanding of valuing our community's needs and leading with those values and communication most importantly. and we can't develop new programs, services and incentive models, nor communicate about them effectively without the input and support of community partners. and this sub goal, we acknowledge that and the community maintaining that critical partnership. this also reflects our end to reduce confusion about the
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city's various programs and services. by aligning those we manage with others managed by the fellow department and strengthen the impact of those programs through that collective sort of collaboration partnership. next slide. and our second sub goal is to provide residents and institutions with resources and opportunities to help protect our city and planet. this sub goal acknowledges that we can't do the important work we're entrusted with alone. we need to support and empower, and promote the efforts of our community through grants, through entry level positions. we also need to challenge and support our business community in taking climate action in public and private partnerships while continue to inspiring our mobile residents at the offices of our 0180 roots strategy back
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to you, debbie. >> to wrap it up, our last slide. a plan is lovely. it will serve as a compass. it serves aas a touchstone, but at the end of the day, it's all about action. it's about what we do with those strategies, how we put them into place. how we find the resources and work together. this is a living document. we're coming back in a couple years to, you know, with you and with the community to see where we need to go from here. i think when i step back and look at this plan as a whole, i'm impressed frankly that our little department which is little for san francisco bureaucracy is able to point our city in the direction we need to go in and to inspire, shame if we need to others to join us.
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we work really hard as city employees and public servants. and the variety and the integrity of the goals and the actions in this plan i think speak very highly of what we've been able to do and what our plans are and as a commission, you are on this journey with us. we are taking you along with us for every step of the way. i really appreciate your support. this strategic plan is a reflection of the commission and a reflection of all the wonderful people who make up the department. so, with that, i'll turn it back. katie, you can stop the share mode. >> all right. thank you so much. it's awesome to see all of this come together and specifically two things really stood out to me that i appreciate greatly and i think it's no surprise to anyone that within goal three, the advocating for policy and resource decisions is such a
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necessary piece of this and i'm thrilled to see it in the plan. i think it's going to take us a long way in the next couple of years to do the necessary work we need to do. so bravo to all the hard work that went into that and it does look beautiful so thank you for sharing it. commissioners, any questions or comments? all right. public, any comments? let's open it up to public comment, katie. >> all right. i will put the instructions for public comment up on the screen. just a reminder, comments should be related to this agenda item and you all have three minutes to make your comments and please be sure to press star three in order to be added to the comment queue. if you do not press star 3, then you will not be added to the queue. and i'm not currently seeing callers in the queue, but we'll take a brief pause.
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all right. and seeing no callers in the queue. all right. moving on to item nine. director's report. the speaker is deborah raphael. >> all right. >> director: thank you. all right. we're getting to the end of the meeting. the director's report. so summer usually is a really laid back time, but for our department, we did manage to
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take some vacations and people did find some down time, but there's still a lot that's been going on and i just want to let you know what we've been working on. so one of the really big exciting things is the construction and demolition ordinance is tasked unanimously by the board of supervisors signed by the mayor. we have a little signing ceremony with supervisor safai yesterday with some members of unions, the teamsters union and some colleagues. it's really wonderful this commission has been following it for two years. so as you know, it has been a long time coming and i just want to say it was an incredible team effort by charles, macy, they worked tirelessly to get this off and thank you, commissioners, so much for your support. this is such a large part of what is illegally going to landfill right now is construction and demolition
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debris. so this will give us enforcement to pass it. the sheriff's office was also with us because it codifies a relationship and provides resources where needed. as you know, or you may know, last week was new york's climate week. there was a lot of wonderful things online. there were some things in person. and the point of it was to have people accelerate their work ahead of cop 26 that's happening in scotland in november. and they created this renewable energy declaration. they reached out to mayor breed to say would she be willing to sign up san francisco to make a global statement. she said 'yes' and she joined 15 other mayors and signed the declaration publicly. it is all about that position of air quality, job creation,
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protecting from our most vul vulnerable. the commitments are very serious and they align perfectly with our climate action plan. speaking of climate action plan, we are going to hear about it at the next commission meeting. so that's going to be a presentation on our climate action plan. the next day, december 8th will be the formal launch. so you will hear more about that. we are going to do a formal launch in partnership with ted and youtube. there's something called 'project countdown' that those three entities are working on and our launch and action plan will be an official global event in project countdown, but it will be focused on celebrating the champions of
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action within our city and inviting everyone to come help us implement this climate action plan. so one of my favorite things i get to do with you is introduce you to some new staff who have made it through this meeting. so i'm going to call their names and they will hopefully turn on their cameras and say just a couple words to introduce themselves. so i'm looking still here. so one second. so jennifer, can you, she's with environment now. jennifer, can you say hello? >> hi. hello. my name is jennifer. i'm considered an environmental educational aide. i'm with the education team to present and implement environmental curriculum on zero waste for elementary school use and i'm also excited working with a great team and
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hopefully getting to do in-person presentations sometime soon. thank you. >> let's hope. welcome, jennifer. michael bieby in our outreach team. are you here, michael? there you are. >> hello, can everyone hear me? >> we can hear you perfect. >> perfect. hi. i'm the new data coordinator for the department. i will be working on supporting and administering the department's sales force application. i'll be doing this to really streamline the work flow process fees and leveraging outreach programs so we can really build collaboration internally with the department and externally to other departments. and i'm really excited to be part of the department. i feel like there are a lot of really exciting, moving pieces going on. the city's plan, the climate action plan, and access sf are really providing and moving equitable, sustainable change, and i feel really lucky to be
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apart of all this. >> and we're so happy to have you, michael. our sales force are going to be so much more effective with your help. all right. rachel. >> hi, good evening. my name's rachel. i'm a new 9922 with the school ed team. something i'll be working on is definitely focusing on a zero waste curriculum virtually which is something new, new to everybody. and i'm really excited to dive in and reach out to other branches within the department. all these projects and goals sound really interesting. so i'm really excited to network. >> great. welcome, rachel. and tommy way also in environmental education. rachel's colleague. >> hi everyone. like debbie said, i'm also on the school ed team, but i'll be working on the 'save the bay' program but i'm excited to be here and learn from other teams
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in the department. >> all right. welcome, tommy. and, jamie cefuentez who is a colleague of rachel and tommy. i think you're on mute. >> thank you. hello everyone. i am part of this team as well. in environmental educational aide. and i'm really excited about this opportunity to be able to be involved in education and also to be able to connect with the community and also to learn from the organic station. thank you. >> wonderful, jamie. welcome. you can see we've got giona is very excited. she's got three new staff and the environment now team is bringing on new people. one person who i don't see here. >> tiffany's here. she's on the phone. >> oh, good.
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okay. tiffany holmes. she is a student at u.s.f. and she is a mccarthy fellow on the policy team. so, tiffany, say hello. >> hi. yeah. apologies. i'm logging in from my phone so you guys can't see me. yes, my name's tiffany. i'm an intern on the public affairs team and i'm just really excited to take an active approach and being more involved with local policy and supporting a development in media relations that the partners mentioned. i just want to do as much as i can. thank you. >> all right. and i've had the privilege of chatting with tiffany and she is one impressive young woman and when she graduates, we need to find a way to get her into public service because we need people like tiffany in public service. so and i'm so grateful that all of you folks decided to come and join us in public service. so, with that, that is the end
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of my director's report. >> president: thank you, debbie. commissioners, any comments or questions? let's open it up to public comment. >> all right. i will put the instructions for making the public comment back up on the screen. as a reminder, comments should be related to this agenda item which is the director's report and please remember to press star three in order to be added to the queue. if you do not press star three, your name will not appear in the queue. and i'm not currently seeing any callers in the queue, but we'll take another brief pause. i'm not seeing any callers in
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the queue. >> president: all right. public comment is closed. welcome everybody that's new to the department and sticking with us to the bitter end of our meeting here. next item please. >> clerk: all right. next item is the committee report. >> president: all right. commissioner sullivan would you please read the report. >> commissioner: we're very excited that commissioner bermejo joined the team. we heard from chris guyger about the reduced pesticide list. as debbie mentioned earlier, we heard presentations from public works and the airport about their programs and as you know now we voted to recommend the commission approve the list for 2021. our next meeting will be this coming monday, october 4th at
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5:00 p.m. >> president: thank you, commissioner. commissioner ahn, any updates from the commission. >> commissioner: sure. so great to have commissioner ahn joins me. the committee hasn't met since the last commission meeting at the end of july. so the next mead meeting will be wednesday, october 20th, at 5:00 p.m. >> president: great. thank you. any public comment on this item? >> clerk: i'll put the instructions for making the public comment back up on the screen. and comments should be related to it this item which was the committee report and you will have three minutes to make your comment. please remember to press star three in order to be added to the queue. if you did not press star three, then you will not be added to the queue and i will not be able to call on you. and i'm not currently seeing any callers in the queue, but we'll take another pause.
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i'm not seeing any callers in the queue. >> president: all right. let's close public comment and move to the next item, please. >> clerk: all right. i apologize. there was one -- i don't know if you want to open public comment. >> president: yeah. let's do it. we haven't had any public comment. let's go back. let's open public comment back up on the last item, please. >> clerk: all right. i apologize. the comment has left the queue. >> president: maybe they'll come back at the end. go to the next item, then. >> clerk: all right. moving on to the next item, item eleven, announcements and
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assignments for discussion. >> president: commissioners, any announcements? all right. i don't see any announcements from any other commissioners. let's open it up to public comment here. >> clerk: all right. let me put the instructions back up on the screen. and, a reminder, please remember to press star three in regards to be added to the queue and you will have three minutes to make your comment. and i'm not currently seeing any callers in the queue, but we'll take another pause. all right. i'm not seeing any callers in
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the queue. >> president: all right. let's close public comment and move to the next item, please. >> clerk: all right. moving on to item twelve, new business and future agenda items. the speaker is charles sheehan the chief policy and public affairs officer. >> thank you. the next policy meeting is october 4th. the next operations meeting is october 20th. and the next commission meeting is december 7th, that is the final one for the year. some of the potential topics we were hoping to bring to you include a presentation as debbie talked about in context per other things, our presentation on the climate action plan as well as a presentation on the status of the city's effort to acquire the electric grid and as
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typical, the performance evaluation for our director. and those are the things coming up. i don't know if anyone has any questions. >> president: any questions or comments, commissioners? all right. public comment, please. >> clerk: all right. i'll put the instructions for making the public comment back up on the screen. anyone who would like to call in to comment on this item should please press star three in order to be added to the queue, otherwise you will not be added to the comment queue and you will have three minutes to make your comment. and i'm not seeing any other callers, but we'll take another brief pause.
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okay. seeing no callers in the queue. >> president: in eleven years on this commission, i have never once been through an entire meeting without a single public comment. that's a new one for me. let's close public comment and move to the next item, please. >> clerk: all right. moving on to the next item which is item thirteen, adjournment and with that, the time is 7:00 p.m. thank you for joining us. >> president: thanks for all your work. thank you.
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>> look at that beautiful jellyfish. the way to speak to students and motivate them to take action, to save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs, california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my
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father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to get into advertising and do graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something
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meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers. i went, volunteered and my life changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about rainforest. one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of
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environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix provides, we all have the power to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco
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increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do, especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to support, i think of my grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force
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as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to your gut, follow your heart, do what makes you happy and pragmatic and see where it takes you and get to the next place. trust if you want to do good in this world, thattttttttttttttttt
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good morning. this meeting will come to order and welcome to the september oversight chair. . . >> >> and supervisorings ralph. >> supervisor mandelman: . i also want to thank and jason from sfgov tv for staffing this meeting. mr. clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes. thank you, mr. chair. the meeting memb


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