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[gavel]. >> president walton: good afternoon and welcome to the november 16, 2021 meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. madam clerk, would you please call the roll. >> clerk: yes, mr. president. [roll call]
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>> clerk: mr. president, you have a quorum. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk, and colleagues, can i get a motion to excuse supervisor ronen from today's meeting as she is out of town attending a family emergency and is unable to participate. motion made by supervisor chan, seconded by supervisor peskin. >> clerk: on the motion to excuse supervisor ronen -- [roll call]
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>> president walton: thank you. the motion to excuse supervisor ronen is approved.
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colleagues, please stand with me to recite the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president walton: on behalf of the board of supervisors, i would like to acknowledge the staff at sfgovtv. today, we have kalina mendoza and matthew ignejo who record the proceedings and make the transcripts available on-line. madam clerk, do we have any communications? >> clerk: thank you, president walton. as you have already stated, supervisor ronen issued a communication to the board asking to be excused from today's proceedings. the board has already voted to
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415-554-5144, and a live person is standing by to assist you with the proceedings. that concludes my announcement, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, and i'd like to remind all members to please mute your microphone when you're not speaking. madam clerk, can we go to the consent calendar, please. >> clerk: thank you. the consent calendar is items 1 through 3. all matters listed hereunder constitute a consent agenda and are considered to be routine. >> president walton: thank you. hearing no requests to speak, madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk: thank you. on the consent calendar -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are ten ayes.
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>> president walton: thank you. without objection, these items are passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 4. >> clerk: item 4 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to authorize the sheriff to contract with private individuals and private entities to provide supplemental law enforcement services. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: yes. due to a meet-and-confer on this item, i'm requesting this item be continued until the next meeting. >> president walton: thank you. is that a motion, supervisor? >> supervisor safai: yes, sir. >> president walton: motion to continue this item to next week's november 23 meeting. >> president walton: oh, i'm sorry, to november 30 meeting. do we have a second? supervisor stefani seconds. madam clerk, on the motion. >> clerk: on the motion to continue item 4 to the next meeting, the november 30, 2021 meeting -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are ten ayes. >> president walton: without objection, this item is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 5. >> clerk: item number 5 is an ordinance authorizing the municipal transportation agency to set parking rates at the kezar stadium parking lot and golden gate park underground parking facility in accord oens with park code provisions -- accordance with park code and
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affirming the ceqa determination. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. colleagues, first, i want to thank supervisor safai for his leadership. we know at the golden gate park underground parking, it's critical piece to j.f.k. drive conditions to allow folks that are low-income and with disabilities and in different zip codes that live in the area have challenges accessing golden gate park and j.f.k. drive. in the event that if they don't have free parking on j.f.k. drive, they should be able to have free parking in the garage. we've been working with city
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departments to come up with language and ways to be able to make that work, and yet, we have come to an agreement. but thanks to supervisor peskin's amendment to the piece of legislation, that this conversation will continue to be able to come back to the board of supervisors when we talk about rate and adjustment for these parking garages. so with that, i will be supporting for this legislation to move forward today so we can make the budget whole. this is part of the budget that we approved earlier this year. i just wanted to [indiscernible] all of you that the conversation about the parking garage in golden gate park still has not been resolved that, so just please keep that in mind when we continue the conversation around j.f.k. drive, that very critical piece around parking garage has not been resolved. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. seeing no one else on the roster, we can take this item
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same house, same call. without objection, this item is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, can you please call item number 6. >> clerk: item 6 is an ordinance to deprepare approximately 71,000 previously appropriated to the department of work public's and approximately 69,000 previously appropriated to the city planning department and reappropriating 140,000 to the department of public works for a safety needs assessment at buena vista horace mann school in fiscal year 2021-22. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, president walton. i am within 500 feet of this district, and because of that, there is a presumption of a conflict of interest, and so because of that, i would ask to be excused. >> president walton: thank you.
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supervisor melgar? >> supervisor melgar: i make a motion that we recuse supervisor mandelman. >> president walton: thank you. motion to excuse supervisor mandelman made by supervisor melgar. madam. >> clerk: clerk on the motion to recuse supervisor mandelman -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are nine ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, the motion to approve supervisor mandelman is approved. supervisor melgar?
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>> supervisor melgar: thank you, president walton. so i spent many years working at the school. i want to thank supervisor ronen for her leadership in advancing the conversation of how to support the school and take care of the multiple building code violations and also the issues that exist in the school that don't support the learning of kids. i do believe, as supervisor ronen has stated, that this is an issue of systemic racism. this school serves mostly migrant and multilingual families who have for years complained about the conditions at the school, and i am glad that we are finally making this
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appropriation. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. madam clerk, would you please call the roll. >> clerk: on item 6 -- [roll call] >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously with supervisor mandelman excused. welcome back, supervisor mandelman. madam clerk, would you please read item 7. >> clerk: item 7 is an ordinance retroactively authorizing the office of the mayor to accept and expend a grant in the amount of 3.4 million from bloomberg
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philanthropies and amending ordinance number 109-21 to provide for the addition of one grant funded mayoral staff and other positions for the period of october 1, 2021 through august 31, 2024. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. i have a number of questions on these ordinances. this is an unusual ordinance, and i'd like to get some questions on the record through to the mayor's office, mr. paulino or whatever is here.
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first office, i'm trying to propose here why use bloomberg money to establish a department department rather than an accept and expend resolution? >> president walton: thank you. do we have a representative from the mayor's office for this? >> yes, president walton. supervisor preston, i'd be happy to get your information to you later in the meeting. >> ms. pearson: deputy city attorney ann pearson, this is
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because it's an expenditure because it amends the annual salary ordinance. >> supervisor preston: thank you. i'm trying to understand why it would be done that way. this is structured as the creation of an entirely new department with entirely new positions, so i'm trying to understand why it's being done like that. >> tom paulino with the mayor's office. supervisor, i'll get you a question and get back to you on that. >> supervisor preston: thank you, mr. paulino. next question is what is the amount of the city match with these funds from bloomberg?
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>> president walton: i believe you should give him the list, supervisor preston, so he can go get answers. >> supervisor preston: okay. the questions are the amount of the city match, again, the rationale for creating a new office here, and the plan for what happens after this grant period, particularly what happens to the positions being created. if any one of them can be addressed by the b.l.a., that would be appropriate. >> supervisor preston, the fund matching is $1.1 million.
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as we point out in our report, the positions are permanent, so they will ultimately be a general fund cost. they're not time limited positions, and so they'll have to be funded at the end of the grant term. >> supervisor preston: so thank you, mr. menard. so it's $1.1 million right now, unless the mayor's office is able to fundraise that from another source, and then after the period of the grant, these become funded by the general fund. do i have that right? >> correct. >> supervisor preston: thank you. and to mr. paulino to add to the list, a description around the work and accountability for funds would also be helpful, as
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well. and then lastly, i think some confirmation on the record around what i assume is the complete separation of any political endorsements or political endorsements of a pretty major award from mr. bloomberg. i have some additional comments, but maybe it makes sense if mr. paulino wants to gather the information, to come back later in the agenda? >> president walton: certainly, supervisor preston. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton. i'm not speaking to the merit or lack thereof of the purpose
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of the grant, but these are gifts that keep on costing. if these were slated as temporary positions in the budget, we could talk about the periods. but i remember something like this happened several years ago where the feds offered a grant to the airport provided that when the grant period was done, the city would pay for these positions, and the board of supervisors rightfully said no, and this is basically growing government -- we can have a debate as to whether we want to encumber the present fund going forward. i have no intention of voting
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for this. like i said, this is the gift that keeps on costing. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor peskin. we will come back to item 7 when mr. paulino lets us know he has some answers to the questions that supervisor preston has posed. madam clerk, would you please call item 8. >> clerk: would you like me to call items 8 and 9 together? >> president walton: yes. >> clerk: item 8 and a resolution authorizing the human services agency to apply for and accept a county child welfare agency allocation for an amount up to 573,000 from the california department of housing and community development under the transitional housing program to help young adults secure and maintain housing, and item 9 is a resolution authorizing the human services agency to apply for and accept a county child
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welfare agency allocation for an opt up to 183,000 from the california department of housing and community development under the housing navigator program to help young adults secure and maintain housing. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. on items 8 and 9, please. >> clerk: on items 8 and 9 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are ten ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, these ordinances are adopted unanimously. madam clerk, please call item number 10. >> clerk: item 10 is a resolution approving an emergency declaration of the
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san francisco public utilities commission pursuant to administrative code, to contract resources for tree removal, slope repair, and debris removal in stern stove, which was damaged by vladding caused by a failed air valve on a water transmission pipeline, with a total estimated cost not to exceed $4 million. >> president walton: thank you. colleagues, seeing no objection, we can take this same house, same call. madam clerk, please call item 11. >> clerk: item 11 is a resolution authorizing the office of contract ad station to enter into a second
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amendment to the agreement between the city and county and sunset scavenjer company d.b.a. recology. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. because the city has been contracting with recology, it prevents the business from meeting the fair bidding
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process. today, i am in support of this extension just so we can get the fair bidding process right for the entire city. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. seeing no one else on the roster we can take this item same house, same call, and this resolution is. >> supervisor peskin: wait, wait. hold on. >> president walton: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i want to hear about the $461,000 from the controller. >> president walton: controller rosenfield? >> thank you, president walton. ben rosenfield, controller
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board. our office received a check from recology in the middle of september for $461,000. in discussion with the city attorney's office, we plan a billing review to determine what to do with it. until then, we have not cashed it. we want to ensure that we understand the calculus how recology has determined the amount owed to the city and that we determined that we agreed to it, and lastly, we want to make sure that this is money owed to the city and not another rate payer. we've requested that information from recology, but we have not yet received it, and we'll report back to the board as we have answered on it. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank
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you. so, mr. rosenfield, they sent you or the city a check with $461,000 with no explanation as to how they calculated it? >> part of the reason why we're being careful is because this is money that the city has not requested. it was a check in an envelope with no information behind it. >> supervisor peskin: and how long did they send this? >> this was middle of september that they received the check. we requested information from recology within a week, which as of yet we have not received. >> supervisor peskin: in the past, has recology ever sent anybody in the city unexplained unrequested refund checks? >> not that i'm aware of,
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supervisor. >> president walton: and supervisor safai -- oh, go ahead, supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: mr. rosenfield, i know that the city is pretty expeditious when i send my property tax check in. they cash it quite quickly. is there a rehabilitate why we didn't cash the -- is there a reason why we didn't cash the check? >> yes. we want to ensure that we concur with the calculus and the information. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, mr. rosenfield, for your answers, and i hope that recology provides the information that you request they repose. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor peskin. supervisor safai?
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>> supervisor safai: thank you, supervisor peskin, for your attention to this project. the 1932 resolution talked about doing business with our city. the city administrator gave us assurances that they intend to be ready to go out to bid in a much more accelerated fashion, so we don't anticipate there will be a significant number of extensions before this goes out. we might end up with the same contractor, but at least it'll go through the same process,
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and i think that's right for our city at that time. thank you, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor safai. do we have anyone else who wants to make a statement? seeing no one, we can take this item same house, same call. without objection, this item is passed unanimously. madam clerk, please call items 12 and 13 together. >> clerk: item 12 is to receive the annual report for the tourism improvement district and moscone expansion district for fiscal year 2019-2020, and item 13 is a resolution receiving and approving an annual report for the japantown
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community benefit district for fiscal year 2019-2020. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. seeing no objections, we can take this same house, same call. madam clerk, let's go to our 230 special commendations. >> clerk: special commendations, i believe we have one from supervisor stefani. >> president walton: supervisor stefani, you're on. >> supervisor stefani: thank you so much, president walton. as you know, november is a time we honor our veterans, and i want to take this time to thank swords to plowshares for the work they do in the veteran area. i recently went there, and i was amazed with all the work that thif ae been -- that
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they've been doing, especially during the pandemic, and i've come to understand some of the things that they've been doing during the pandemic, that people don't realize how much hard work that they've been putting in. they help bay area veterans. they're dedicated to help 3,000 veterans in the bay area and throughout the year. when i was there, i asked if there was anyone that i could honor, and they sent over a list of names, and i couldn't decide which one, so i'm so
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glad that we can recognize all five. [indiscernible] grant worked tirelessly at the start of the pandemic to create a food system and what is now their emergency housing team. grant is always finding services for veterans exiting to housing, and i want to thank you so much, grant. also, we have rab reel -- i'm going to have to put my glasses on. when the pandemic and shut -- gabriel -- i'm going to have to
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put on my glasses on. gabe assisted with packaging and delivery of food packages to veterans from the swords to plowshares sites: blake is a u.s. army special forces group veteran. blake has now transitioned into a mobile case manager roll with the emergency health management routine. thank you so blake. lejeune has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to ensure
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that veterans were able to and continue to receive services during the pandemic and to celebrate pride month with a celebratory mood with music. she created a true communititor anyone coming into the -- community for anyone coming into the center, veterans and nonveterans i like. and finally, to shay, who is laser focused on making sure that veterans who exit to housing exit to the next best steps. just want to thank all the staff at swords to plowshares
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for helping our veterans this month. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor stefani, for recognizing their service, and i want to say thank you for your service to the honoree. and with that, we are done with our special commendations, and appreciate you, supervisor stefani. madam clerk, let's go back to item 14. >> clerk: item 14 is an ordinance amending the planning code to repeal article 12, which contains regulations governing land use activities associated with oil and gas exploration, development, and processing, amending the definitions of heavy manufacturing two and heavy manufacturing three to exclude oil and gas production or processing for fuel purposes as allowable industrial uses, affirming the planning
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department's determination and making the appropriate findings. >> president walton: thank you. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you. we're making this amendment to prohibit any land use concerning oil and gas. it is my honor and privilege to urge you, colleagues, for your support to pass this ordinance and acknowledge that they are on the unceded ramaytush ohlone land. this legislation has also received support from climate emergency coalition, and save the bay, and i thank them for their support, as well. the intent of this ordinance was introduced this past april, which it's taken us a while to
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get here, when governor newsom announced his intention to ban fracking across the state. last month, his administration announced that the state would ban drill within 3200 feet of schools, homes, and hospitals to protect the environment, and i'm really pleased that we will be -- with your support that we pass this legislation to continue to be a leader with california. so i'm proud to support this ordinance with supervisor mandelman and preston.
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>> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. seeing no objection, we can take this same house, same call. madam clerk, please call item 15. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk, seeing no one on the roster, we can take should same house, same call, and without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, please call item 16. >> clerk: item 16 is a motion approving the mayor's nomination for the appointment of max carteroberstone to the
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police commission, for a term ending april 30, 2022. >> president walton: thank you. colleagues, seeing no names on the roster, we can take this same house, same call. i believe item 17 was tabled by the mayor and is going to the committee, so let's call item 18. >> clerk: item number 18 was amended in committee with a new title, which is a motion to approve the mayor's nomination for the appointment of julie soo to the sheriff's department oversight board, term ending march 1, 2025. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. i don't see anyone else on the roster. we will take this same house, same call. without objection, this item is approved unanimously. madam clerk, let's call item
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19. >> clerk: item 19 is a motion approving the mayor's nomination for the appointment of deann-jay brookter to the sheriff's department oversight board, term ending march 1, 2025. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no names on the roster, we can take this same house, same call. thank you. madam clerk, can we please call item 20, roll call for introductions. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: thank you. it goes to say we are in a
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housing affordability crisis. last week, we had a new report that showed only 7% of union workers could afford home ownership in san francisco. we've met only 27% of our rhna housing goal for moderate income households, earning 80 to 120% of a.m.i., and this'll be even more challenging, with a 250% increase of our rhna goal in the next cycle. building traditional 100% affordable housing is often cost prohibitive due to costs.
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in district 4, we've consistently had the worst balance in the city's annual balancing report due to the removal of units from the market. we need to build more housing to meet our affordable housing needs. we know that the unregulated markets driven by profit and speculation will never build enough workforce housing. we also know that mohcd housing is not built for moderate housing or small sites. that's why i'm proposing to protect the small sites housing in san francisco. it will allow more family housing in residential or r.h. neighborhoods.
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it'll provide incentives for individuals to build this housing. in addition to the market rate units currently allowed, homeowners would have the new opportunity to build additional bonus units as long as they have at least two bedrooms. if they choose to rent them, the bonus units must be rented at a rent affordable to or sold as ownership units to households at 100% area median income. secondly, i'm proposing a companion resolution to establish the boardance intent to create a technical and financial assistance program for homeowner's to build affordable housing.
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given the extreme run-up in housing costs in the sunset and other single-family neighborhoods, working and middle class families and people of color have been increasingly pushed out, so our housing development incentives program, which is centered on homeowners, aims to protect and build homes to meet our unmet
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housing needs and provides public resources to make it happen. colleagues, i understand that we will debate this proposal and alternatives as we enter the new year as well as consider the impacts of s.b. 9 and s.b. 10, and as we move forward with a healthy robust discussion, my hope is we begin with the right framework and a framework to preserve and grow the middle class, the hall mark of a prospering city. and finally, he have an -- i have an in memoriam.
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joan marie attended san francisco public schools and then to stanford university and to france on a fulbright. she started teaching in 1955
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before putting down roots at lincoln and then to lowell. in her inspiring legacy of rank-and-file union activism and leadership, she helped integrate the virtually all mail outpost of the san francisco federation of teachers, a.f.t. local 61. she had been among a leadership crew who had taken over the superintendent's conference room and lived there for several days. joan marie was among the
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leaders who also brought collective bargaining act to san francisco that gave san francisco teachers collective bargaining rights. in 1964, she was elected the president of the teachers union and one of the first women to lead any major union in san francisco. when she became president of local 61, the union did not any longer represent the teachers. only paraprofessionals stayed on and preserved the local, but in 1989, joan led her union to victory over the rival san francisco classroom teachers association, and making good on
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campaign promises, she merged into one cohesive union. the new united educators of san francisco formal merger had all the advantages of a.f.t. and n.e.a., and importantly, they could face the administration as a unified force. in 1994, joan marie had the great honor of traveling to south africa to monitor the historic election that allowed
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people of all races to vote for the first time, ending aparteid, and ending with the election of nelson mandela. throughout her career, she was honored and recognized widely both as a civic and educational leader. joan marie shelley spent her uesf presidency trying to bring the san francisco teacher's corps into one body her legacy is the leadership of grace and intelligence, an approach to unionism that's true to the
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roots of labor. joan marie lived the last ten years of her life at cypress on 19 avenue and law ton, and she continued her organizing and leadership to the very end. she is survived by her brother, kevin shelley, and sister, indicate shelley, and on behalf of the board of supervisors of san francisco, i express my condolences to her family. may she rest in peace. >> president walton: madam clerk, before we go on, let's go back to item 7 since we have [indiscernible]. >> clerk: yes, and item 7 is an ordinance receipt low actively
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authorizing the office of the mayor to accept and expend a grant from bloomberg philanthropies. >> president walton: supervisor preston, did you have any questions? >> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton. if miss kitler could respond why we're creating a new department rather than put it go in an existing department. >> certainly. sophia kitler with the mayor's office. so i'm going to push back. we're not really creating a new department, we're creating a position in an existing
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department. the office of digital services, which is also the city administrator's office tends to work on a work order basis, so they get hired by individual contract to solve a specific problem. and what we find is while they do a tremendous job, it gets very siloed, and we get -- lose a lot of things in particularly the cross departmental sense? so for example, when we look at something like permitting, digital services is set up to look at something like d.b.i., how do they look at their infrastructure to bring the model on-line, but that model doesn't work as well when we're trying to have a comprehensive understanding of planning,
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d.b.i., fire, and what have you. so one of the things that we proposed with this grant is we have a single staff in the mayor's office whose job is to work across departments, and then, we have a grant that would fund these positions for three years so that we can have a more holistic and cross departmental approach that is a little bit more strategy, and then office of civic engagement would expand on what they're doing. does that answer your question? >> supervisor preston: thank
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you, miss kitler. so whose idea was it to create this new department? >> so bloomberg philanthropies has an on going donation program. they work with approximately 40 cities. we applied last november through their competitive grant november, and we're one of six cities selected? so we applied through that and kind of created this modelling, this internal in the mayor's office, working with digital services and the department of technology to create this cross departmental services. it's something that's been discussed at coit and the department of technology for a very long time, and i think it's never really been kay funding priority, so this was an opportunity to kind of lift that up and experiment with that without drawing on the general fund unless we have
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some serious [indiscernible]. >> supervisor preston: thank you. and through the president to miss kitler, was it required by bloomberg philanthropies that you apply to create a new department as opposed to funding any existing departments or services? >> again, i guess i'm a little confused. so this will fit in the mayor's office, and it's not creating a new department. the basis of it is -- is that you have an office that works very closely with the mayor or in cities where they have a city manager. we're calling it a new office. it's a team, and it's a cross departmental team that pulls from new resources.
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they ask that you not repurpose existing positions because that is what their grant is trying to fund but i don't know that they require nor do i believe we are creating a new one. >> thank you. so how many of the new positions proposed here are to be union positions? >> four of the five. the one in the mayor's office, i think it is 0904 is not, but the other that are more i.t.
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positions, i believe they are. we have to kwie probably half of it by next october, and the other by the next [indiscernible] in june of next year, but we do hope that that would be philanthropically done or working with the bridge program, for example. >> supervisor preston: but at this point, there's no commitment of that some or all 1.1 million. >> that's correct. i think [indiscernible]. >> supervisor preston: i think
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my question is different. do you have commitments -- obviously, we are being warned that the general fund could be on the hook. we could be needing to review a request for $1.1 million. >> got it, supervisor. it is not a commitment that it comes from the general fund, and we do not anticipate or hope that it will come from the general fund, but that is a possibility that is contemplated in the grant agreement. >> supervisor preston: thank you. and iptd to ask you just to give you a chance to explain this -- and i want to ask you just to give you a chance to explain this on the record. i want you to dispel any
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misunderstanding that i or the public may have -- [indiscernible] and if you could just talk about the timeline and give us whatever assurances appropriate and those two things were never related or discussed together. >> i can give you those assurances to the best of my ability in that we were notified of the opportunity to apply for this grant in august of last year, it was an open -- an open posting to all cities. i was in no way involved or
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includes -- included in the -- [indiscernible] and went through a series of interviews with staff from bloomberg philanthropies. we did not interact with mr. bloomberg himself or even senior leadership until after we had been selected. you know, i can't really speak to their decision making process, but i can say it was a competitive process, and there were a number of cities open. >> supervisor preston: can you tell me what happens after the grant period?
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is there a commitment to keep the position open? >> there is a chance that bloomberg believes this is a viable model and something that they want to do and that it has brought results for the city. there is a hope from bloomberg, and they have expressed this very strongly, that the mayor would continue to put this forward, but there is no legal requirements that it continue to exist after the grant. and so in theory, if the mayor believes that it is doing a good job, i believe she would put that in the then-mayor's budget for fiscal year 25, three years from now, but that
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would be subject to appropriation. >> supervisor preston: thank you for that. appreciate the additional information and clarification on this. let me just say as more of a comment, and then, i will wrap up, supervisor walton. i appreciate the budget committee's priority to it and the time here. this is a highly unusual proposal that essentially allows bloomberg and bloomberg philanthropies to staff a new office in our city government. it's very unclear what the work is after listening to the testimony in budget committee and here today, what the work is, what the accountability is.
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i'm struck by the inability to fund things in certain city government, but then, this kind of thing comes along, and we are asked to embrace it. we are being asked to commit $1.1 million to a department that's not clear to me what it will even do, and that seems premature without that additional funding secured. i think it's very hard to look at this kind of grant, not just
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at our mayor, but mr. bloomberg's seeking endorsements while he's speaking to city mayors. that's the elephant in the room, and maybe i mean that to his past political affiliations. we should be taxing billionaires like michael bloomberg, and i don't feel that it's right to have michael bloomberg be an arm of this
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government, so i will be voting no. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor chan? >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. i disagree with supervisor preston. i believe this is happening in city government quite often, given that when supervisor peskin said when earlier discussing this item, that that's how city government grows all the time. not too long ago, $2.5 billion, and now, blink of an eye, we're at a $13.2 billion city budget. even though i will support this item, colleagues, it raised some things, as well.
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this is going to be the first time and only time that i will be voting for something like this. these types of city practice, that instead of being able to go through this civil service process to be hired, now, we have these temporary hires through grant, and eventually, they become permanent positions that we have to continue to carry the financial burden. the grants may be limited in time, but the grant that each of the positions
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[indiscernible] we are short changing our civil service system when we continue to create and fund grant positions like this. i concur with the positions that my colleagues, supervisor peskin and preston raised. it is unfortunately, but it is something that we really need to think through next time when this come around, yes. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor chan. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: yeah, i just want to add a couple of comments on this. i think as someone who sits on the budget committee, we accept and expend grants all the time. often, that money comes from the private sector. we're doing the s.f. rise, which is a significant amount of private philanthropy. many of our institutions in the city have public private
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partnerships. i think this is a good example of an innovative grant. respectfully, supervisor preston, i'm not sure what the comments of political quid pro quo is. the man lost, and i think he can say, i'm not doing anything for the city, but it is good comments from supervisor chan, preston, and peskin to say if we are funding something paid for by the taxpayers, that is one thing i think it would be within the purview of the mayor to put things in his or her budget, and if she needed to
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make that commitment, then i think there has to be a conversation about that. but i think it's legitimate to say if we have that grant and we have an on going funding conversation, let's have that conversation. we have some phenomenal examples of public private partnership, and i think it makes our see a best place and a model for the rest of the city. thank you, supervisor -- >> president walton: thank you. supervisor melgar?
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i don't -- i'm not worried about that part, but i do worry about our discourse in terms of private fill anthropy because i am leading this effort with supervisor ronen to raise a bunch of money for community schools and other things that we try to raise money for, and i think that the private sector can have a role in things. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor melgar. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton, and thank you, colleagues. i just wanted to comment on the comments of my colleagues. i don't think that questioning this bloomberg creation of an office funded by bloomberg on
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the heels of endorsement, like, that raises a whole different level of concern. i didn't hear from miss kitler a statement saying she's not in the room and a party to endorsements. fair enough. i think that the mayor's office can come forward so soon after endorsements with a big chunk of money from mr. bloomberg to create new positions to be matched by the city and to put us on the hook potentially
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long-term for this department, i mean, some kind of statement on the record, something, saying very clearly we never discussed these two things together. these things are not related. take my word for it, or they're not connected. and it's fascinating to me that we've never heard that. that's not part of the record or any discussions. we're just about to assume that and assume that someone who is actively seeking the endorsement of big city mayors did not in any way relate any of those discussions to what now appears to be the commitment to fund a new office in our city government. thank you. >> president walton: thank you, supervisor preston, and i did want to say, first of all, thank you for your line of
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questioning. it is important to ask clarifying questions. we have partnerships in the city of this size. we do have the opportunity to bring this office back, and i am satisfied with what miss kitler had to say in terms of the process, which is how this funding was secured. i'm glad that we had this opportunity, and in fact, i wish that president biden would provide for funding to san francisco and let us have more opportunities. i do understand your concern, supervisor preston, and i think we need to bring this back in a
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few months and find out to see how they're doing. certainly, we're going to get more information on this, but i definite liam -- definitely am in support of this. supervisor, your questioning is what gave me the insight on whether or not i'm going to support, so thank you for that line of questioning. with that, i don't see any other names on the roster, so, madam clerk, can we have a roll call on item 7. >> clerk: on item 7 -- [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are eight ayes and two noes, with supervisors peskin and preston in the dissent. >> president walton: thank you. and by a vote of 8-2, this ordinance is passed on first reading. madam clerk, we are back at roll call for introductions. >> clerk: next up on roll call for introductions is supervisor melgar. >> supervisor melgar: submit. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor preston? >> supervisor preston: thank you. two items and then in memoriam. first, i am introducing an ordinance to increase police
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records transparency. i want to thank my early cosponsors, president walton, and supervisors ronen and chan. in 2018, california passed senator skinner's senate 1421 to begin lifting what was referred to as a veil of secrecy surrounding police use of force and conduct records. the bill made four types of records accessible through public record request, including officer shootings, officer use of deadly physical force, sexual abuse by officers, and dishonesty. since the law passed, the need to increase police department transparency and accountability
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has only increased. although police misconduct is generally unreported, in san francisco, the department of police accountability's numbers also increased to nearly 800 in 2020, despite the relative decrease in most crimes during the same period. unfortunately, nearly three years after the passage of s.b. 1421, san francisco police department and s.b. 1421 continue to lag. they cite staffing shortages and technological records as a reason why they are unable to
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comply. sfpd estimated it could get through its backlog of requests, not including new requests, within five to ten years. in a presentation, the police commission, d.p.a., presented it could get through its backlog by five to 30 years. there's simply no universe, colleagues, where five, ten, 30, or 35 years are acceptable where a release of police records is satisfying to the public. it has become clear that the board of supervisors needs to step in to promote transparency
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and to make sure the city meets its disclosure obligations, and that's why i'm introducing this ordinance today, requiring sfpd, d.p.a., and police commission to report crucial metrics regarding their compliance with state public information laws directly to the board of supervisors. together with the especially forcement provisions of california's public records act, this ordinance will provide a powerful incentive to meet the requirement of state police records laws. our city must rise to the occasion. the state legislature has twice taken bold action to ensure that people have access to these records because people deserve to know whether police in their communities deserve to know whether police have [indiscernible] i want to thank chief scott and d.p.a. director
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henderson for their engagement on this issue. also want to thank the san francisco public defender ease office and -- public defender's office and to thank deputy city attorney ann pearson and jeanette clark as well as my aide, melissa hernandez, for their help in drafting this. second item, colleagues, i'm urging the drafting of a resolution for sfmta to develop and implement a plan for successful boarding transit. my office recently learned that nearly one-third of the 3,000 city and bus stops in san francisco are not painted red and allow vehicle parking in the butt stop, there by preventing pedestrian access to
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the bus and preventing a bus from pulling into the bus stop. a report was recently published, our shelters in place, a bus stoppen ses of san francisco. the writer surveyed 2,964 sfmta bus stops across san francisco. through his research, he found that 32% of bus stops were obstructed by on street parking, forcing riders to step into the street to board and often navigate through parked cars. allowing parking in bus stops and failing to provide unobstructed access to public transit undermines san francisco's transit first policy and poses specific
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hardship for seniors and persons with disabilities. through the resolution today, i'm urging sfmta to promptly develop and implement a plan to promote unobstructed muni access and to consult with minority communities, including communities of color and underserved communities to promote unobstructed muni access. it directs the sfmta to report back to the board of supervisors within 90 days with a plan. and finally, colleagues, i'd like to offer an in memoriam for brian edwards, a tenacious
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advocate for san francisco's homeless, he passed away on november 4, 2021, at the age of 46. he spent the first year of his life in germany until his family relocated to gainesville, florida. from a very young age, brian was a voracious reader. as a teen, he fell in love with golfing, a sport that both he and his father enjoyed. he was a talented golfer, played for his high school golf team, and won many awards. brian graduated from the international baccalaureate
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program from gainesville in 1992. in 1999, brian and his family moved to san francisco. shortly after, brian started volunteering with the stonewall project, part of the san francisco aids foundation. it was during this work that brian began incident facing daily with the city's unhoused population, which led to the work that he devoted himself to for the rest of his life. brian was a tireless champion for san francisco's homeless. he experienced homelessness himself and had a deep understanding of the issues. his reach across the city was expansive as he fought for lasting solutions. he spent the last three years
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of his life organizing with the coalition on homelessness. brian was a regular presence here in this chambers, combining in his public comment directness, wit, compassion, and sheer brilliance. really, some of the most impactful two minutes of public comment that i've ever seen at this board. he was a fantastic advocate. brian lives in district 5 on hayes street. i would see him often as i walked to city hall. without fail, every time, he'd greet me with a beaming smile, infectious optimism, and some question, always thanking me for what i was doing, and pushing me for more action to address homelessness in our
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city. his brilliant oratory and analysis, his nonstop advocacy, his compassion and wit, pushed everyone around him to be better, to do better, to do more. on november 2 of this year, just after the massive storms and rain, brian published a detailed piece in street sheet, called gimme shelter. this was just a couple days before he died. he laid out exactly what needed to happen to support homeless people in our city. he did it with tangible solutions. he wrote about the city's outreach effort to shelter homeless people in the storm,
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and after acknowledging the hard workers of the advocates, he would, for thousands more, though, last weekend was just like any other during the last 18 months, and they were screwed. left outside to freeze and soak. dozens of beds at the city's regular congregate shelter sites were empty on each night of the storm and weren't available to be filled, and unless the city makes major change to the way they allot and fill shelter beds [indiscernible] to the night of the storm. most things aren't this simple, he wrote, but this is. let folks call 311 or walk back
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into glide or mother brown's to get on it and start filling those vacant bed, and give them shelter like the rolling stones advise. let service providers and sfhot do the same thing that they are best at, so they can function together as true community partnerships. colleagues, it's hard to imagine that brian won't be back when in-person public comment resumes, but he, his
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friends, and colleagues, will speak for him in these public chambers, and all of us would do well to remember his moral clarity while we address homelessness in our city. i extend my condolences to his family, his friends, and all of those who brian inspired. we miss you dearly, brian. rest in power. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor preston. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you, madam clerk. mr. president, colleagues, i have two items today. one is an in memoriam, one is a request for a hearing. the first is to expand the san francisco's school modelling similar to other schools in
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california. -- and buena vista, but they're not fully recognized in the community school model that the state has put forward, and none of the schools in the san francisco unified school district have put forth a plan.
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we need to plan for this opportunity, and there is no opportunity put in front of us now.
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. >> supervisor safai: miss beeler was a presence in hur students' lives, was a comforting ear to hear them out. it was common to see former students run to her, whether at st. john's, where she provided tremendous support for them, and may she rest in peace. the rest i submit, mr. president. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, i'd like to close today's meeting in memory of andrew zeeman. last week, he was tragically killed when a vehicle struck him on the way to work. he was just 30 years old.
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andrew was a third generation san francisco and he grew up in cow hollow. he worked as an educator at sherman elementary. he worked with their after school programs and provided additional support for students with special needs. he's remembered as being incredibly kind and patients. student who sometimes didn't respond well to others responded incredibly well to andrew. he was always able to help students address any problems they were having in such a positive way. i was devastated when i learned of his tragic death. as an educator, andrew had chosen to dedicate his career to public service. he had every right to get to work safely last week. andrew's death marks the 12
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pedestrian death this year at one of the most dangerous intersections in my districts. since last week, i've been in contact with the m.t.a., regarding the rapid response effort to improve safety at this intersection, and i've been encouraging them to consider every possible intervention to reduce traffic speeds along this corridor. i've been assured by m.t.a. that there will be improved made in the next two weeks, and i'm awaiting details to see what those measures will be there will be a hearing on safety around all schools of san francisco.
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if this incident has taught us anything, it's that we cannot wait until a death to address areas of concern. to andrew's family and loved ones, i offer my deepest condolences, and i will do everything i can to make sure the city is safe. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor stefani. president walton? >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. today, i'm requiring the san francisco department of elections to submit a plan to the secretary of state no later than february 8, 2022. in the united states and california, we rely on a for-profit model from elections
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equipment security, and one that is costly and lacks transparency. open source voting will allow the city's i.t. teams to work on voting equipment software because it uses publicly available computer code. the proposed pilot will give voters in city hall voting cancer the option of using voting works accessible kbalt marking device. -- access ballot marking device. earlier this month, i sent a letter to the president of the san mateo county board of supervisors, to the california secretary of state, requesting her office adopt voting requirement regulations as required by senate bill 360,
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passed in 2013. it was also supported by former secretary of state alex padilla. san francisco has a long history of advocating for an open source voting system, starting with former supervisor tom ammiano, and a resolution from former supervisor scott wiener supporting the creation of an open source voting system in 2014. open source voting will allow the public to own these voting systems and ensure our voting systems are fair, honest, and secure. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. supervisor chan? thank you. supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: thank you. i have one item. i'm calling a hearing with supervisor safai on on going staffing shortages at san
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francisco general. understaffing can lead to dangerous situations for patients and staff. i know this is not a new issue, and i want to thank supervisor safai for his bringing forward a hearing on a similar issue two years ago, and there has been some progress in some areas around staffing, but there were significant challenges that were exacerbated by the pandemic. as we continue to fight against the covid-19 pandemic and come out of that, these staffing challenges continue. we have to ensure that our hospitals, particularly at san francisco general, is well staffed, and that our doctors, nurses, and staff can serve our patients and our city. so i'll be calling the department of health, the department of human resources, and san francisco general to report. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. mr. president, that concludes
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roll call for introduction does. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. let's go to public comment, please. >> clerk: at this time, this is the opportunity for public comment. to do so, call 415-655-0001, then enter meeting code 2494-341-0938. then press pound and pound again. press star, three to enter the queue and wait for the system to indicate your line has been
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unmuted. as stated earlier, the spanish interpreter is on stand by and ready to jump in and assist with public interpretation. mr. interpreter, could you please provide some comments? >> interpreter: yes. [speaking spanish language]
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[end of translation]. >> interpreter: thank you. >> clerk: thank you. operations, let's hear from our first caller, please. >> hi. my name is alison bernard, and i support the resolution supervisor haney has sponsored for san francisco to support a moratorium on the expansion of animal feeding operations, factory farms, and slaughter houses in california. this is an important resolution because factory farms are harmful to workers, animals, and the environment, and stopping the creation of animal farms is the first step in creating a nonanimal agriculture. factory farm animal production accounts for 33% of agricultural methane emissions, and due in part to the expansion of factory farming, the e.p.a. reports a 14.4% increase in methane emission since 1990. methane has 80 times more heat
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trapping power than carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after its release, so it has a more devastating impact on climate change. in factory farms, animals are housed in close congregation, which can lead to fast transmission of bacteria between animals. 80% of all antibiotics in the u.s. are [indiscernible] there is growing evidence that antibiotic resistance in humans is promoted by the widespread use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in animals. please pass this resolution as a recognition that the government needs to step in and address the devastations caused by industrial animal
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agriculture. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. may we have the next caller, please. >> hello. my name is rocky [indiscernible], and i'm a lifelong resident of district 6. as i speak, myself and constituents are in front of city hall, and we're calling on the state to place a moratorium on factory farms in the state. this state are building more of these animal feeding operations that they don't even need using our tax dollars, and this is a dire situation, so dire, i almost lost myself in front of a foster farms chicken facility. each and every day land animals
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are dieing by the millions -- dying by the millions from the animal feeding industry. i put my freedom on the line and will continue to do so because i know we can do better. we can create a sustainable, compassionate food system where the animals and people's interests are considered. i want to thank matt haney for introducing this resolution in support of no more factually farms campaign, and i look forward to supporting the rest of the supervisors when this item not only passes but passes unanimously. i yield my time. >> clerk: we have nine
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listeners and four in the queue. if you have not already done so, please press star, three to lineup to speak. mr. atkins, can we have the next caller, please? >> i am calling tonight to [indiscernible] put it this way. the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs. the wall is an application of the ester allen effect, noting it's a powerful argument for the legalization of drugs. there are -- the degraded added
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costs of sales are [indiscernible] for instance, with coke users, buying coca leaves which they can convert to opium. popular switch from beer to wine has a parallel to the narcotics trade in the 1920s. marijuana was also found too bulky and troublesome to smuggle across borders, so people turned to cocaine.
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in the 2010s, heroin has been displaced by fentanyl and other stronger synthetic opiates like carfentanyl. >> clerk: your time is up. thank you for joining us today. may we have the next caller. >> hello. as a san francisco native, i propose a permanent monument be erected in front of city hall honoring and tabulating the exact number of unsheltered lives lost on the streets of san francisco, past, present, and future. astonishingly less merciful than death row, facing cruel and unusual punishment via death in public spaces without
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more than nominal advocacy from any law professional. that very same committee -- sorry. oh, i got lost. shoot. well, this is a terrible first little speecher. every social worker and outreach worker i speak to is incredulous and alarmed at the stale mate. well, i might have to do this one next meeting because i have a lot of -- here we go. a committee must be formed by neutral third party participants to evaluate what are unreachable leaders are doing with the money intendedtor immediate placement -- intended for immediate placement of americans in shelter. the very same committee must explain and account for the exact number of lives lost in
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between when funds were afforded san francisco and when made available to the intended recipients. make the findings public so that those benefiting from withheld funds leading to cruel and unnecessary public deaths of the unsheltered, or if not arrested, then at least allow the judgment of the court of public opinion such that democracy once again work its sacred magic in san francisco and formally permanently evict the bad act -- >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we have two left in the queue, so if you have not already done so, please press star, three to enter the queue. mr. atkins, can you put the next caller through? >> my name is [indiscernible] and my pronouns are she and
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her. thank you for honoring brian edwards. he always appreciated when i stirred up a fucking storm before this board. now for some other shit. you know that there are people facing prison time, who are facing fucking felony charges for doing open rescue, rescuing animals, and this is not just about animal rights, this is about pandemic prevention, this is about saving lives. you can have as many [indiscernible] as you want, but animal agriculture, that's what's destroying this planet. we need to come together, and we need to end these factually farms. we need to also given the tools to more plant based sustainable agriculture, so yeah.
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and also, i called in about three weeks ago about these hunger strike from mary rogan, and i think we need to call a hearing on the housing support issues in this city. even we got our rent lowered to 30%, there's still too much shit to do and we've still got to get the city involved. thank you. i yield my time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. may we have the next caller, please. >> hello. my name is [indiscernible] and i would also like to comment on the item sponsored by supervisor haney, and i strongly urge everyone else on the board of supervisors to
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sign onto the resolution. i've been to factory farms in california, and they're horrific. animals are sentient individuals that have thoughts and feelings. animals are born in captivity. they often don't have enough space to turnaround. they suffer tremendously throughout their lives, and they're brutally slaughtered in the most heinous ways possible. history won't look kind on our farming practices, and on top of the mass animal cruelty that takes place on factory farms, they emit more greenhouse gases more so than the entire transportation sector.
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the manure load pollutes nearby water and land. i hope san francisco passes this resolution and can lead the world in creating a more just food system. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. may we have the next caller? >> operator: madam clerk, there are no further callers in the queue. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president? >> president walton: thank you so much, callers, for calling in. public comment is now closed. madam clerk, let's go to our for adopt without committee reference, items 22 through 27. >> clerk: these measures were introduced for adoption without
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committee reference. a unanimous vote is required for adoption of these resolutions today. any supervisor may require any resolution to go to committee. >> president walton: do any of my colleagues have any items that they wish to sever? seeing no names, madam clerk, would you call the roll. >> clerk: on items 22 through 27 -- [roll call] >> clerk: there are nine ayes. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. these items are passed unanimously. madam clerk, do we have any
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imperative agenda items? >> clerk: we do not have any imperative agenda items. waumt wallet thank you. would you please present the in memory -- >> president walton: thank you. would you please present the in memoriams. >> clerk: yes. [names read] >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. do we have any further business before us? >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> president walton: thank you. be kind when possible, and remember, it's always possible. the 14 dalai lama. this meeting is adjourned.
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