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let's say it is a street near city lights. same sort of process. this is a little easier because it is an extension of an adjacent street. what is harder is when you are renaming the street that is in the middle of two other streets that have different names. supervisor mar: because supervisor carmen chu and katie from her office sponsor this, you do not need to go through a petition process of the residence, is that right? >> the process is what we used, which is notifying everyone who lives on the block and giving them an opportunity to voice the pros or comments and whether they would like to rename the street or not. it is a policy matter of the board, as long as agencies such as mta, parking and traffic, dpt, dpw do not object. i will turn it over to the
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deputy to make sure on back. supervisor mar: if a supervisor does not sponsor or departments have concerns, could the residents still gather the petition and bring it as a policy issue, even if the supervisor who's in -- a district isn't it impacting is not the main sponsor? >> absolutely. oftentimes, neighborhood groups might have the petition. when the petition is submitted by neighbors, is a pretty good- sized feet. when a board member sponsors it, it is part of our course to proceed and go through the review process. supervisor mar: thank you. >> thank you. supervisor mar: colleagues, can we pass this without objection? thank you. thank you, everyone. ms. miller, call item number 3. >> item number 3, or in its accepting the is remarkable offer a public infrastructure
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improvements associated with mission bay south blogs 41-43, eight two, including improvements for public use. supervisor mar: maybe call item three and four together? can you call item number four? >> ordinance dedicating mission bay park block p16 for public use, naming the new part "mission bay, and spark." >> again, we have barbara from dpw. >> good afternoon, i am from public works. what you have before you, more to show you a map for perspective. this is mission bay. a very, very large development area that i am sure you are aware of. you had a request to accept public improvements. as part of mission bay south
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development project area. the first is block 41-43, which is at bowen st. peter the second is p16. i will show you a picture of the area in question. it is between third street and the boulevard. public infrastructure, we're talking about asking for acceptance in basically the roadway and the subsurface infrastructure below it. you will see that looking towards the freeway in the distance. and then the opposite direction. the director of public works has determined that the construction and the design of p41-43 phase
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two were done in conformity with infrastructure plan. city planning has determined that it is in conformity with the general plan, and the redevelopment agency has done likewise with regard to its acceptance of being built in conformance with the south -- mission base out redevelopment plan. also you next the subject of the second item, which is the acceptance of p16, which was between cherry francios and third street. that is one view of it. the grassy area. another view includes the sidewalk.
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and another more park-like view. again, as in the case of block 41-43 phase one, the director of public works has determined that it was built and designed in conformance with the infrastructure plan. the planning commission, director of planning, has determined that it is in conformance with the general plan, and the redevelopment agency has, likewise, determined that it was built in conformity with the mission bay south redeveloper plan. supervisor mar: where is the mission bay commons park going to be located? >> the mission bay commons park is -- park p16 is only about one
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small piece of a 43-acre park system for mission bay. less than an acre. supervisor mar: ucsf children's hospital center -- >> that would be down here between 16th and mariposa, straddling third and owens, right around here. then we have salesforce over here. 41-43 is a portion of owens street, and the park is here. supervisor mar: let's open this up for public comment. thank you. is there anyone from the public that would like to speak? >> i just want to say when i was
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little, my father and i, we belonged to the mariposa boat club, but it is no longer there. mariposa boat club. ♪ when the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on mission bay won't you make it bettero iter oh, they need your health. won't you help them today help them with the land na na the land they need your help on the road and down in the park won't you do that today? whoa whoa ♪
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supervisor mar: thank you. anyone else from the public that would like to speak? public comment is closed. can we live item number 3 without objection? thank you. and item number four without objection? thank you. ms. miller, please call item number 5. >> hite number 5, resolution approving the redefinition of 22 selling spaces on grant avenue first-rate artists certified by the arts commission. >> we have mr. howard from the art commission. >> thank you for getting me before you at this time, because this could have been a severe crisis for the street artists. to go back a moment, in 1977, the board of supervisors designated some 30 spaces in that three-block section of grant avenue for the street artists. and the artists have used it ever since.
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supervisor mar: from geary to sutter. >> from o'farrell to sutter street. 30 spaces, and they have been lucrative spaces. i am grateful to be informed by one of the street artists that it seems like 20 to of this basis, the curbs have been repainted as yellow zones. according to the ordinance, you cannot have a yellow zone and there. unless the board of supervisors exams the space. you do have the authority to do that under ordinance 388-83. you can exempt a space from one more regulations so long as the exemption does not interfere with the purpose of the regulation. you have done that traditionally for the last 28 for many, many street artists' spaces, particularly the winter holiday spaces. with i am asking is that you
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formally redesignated those 22 spaces, and i have listed them. redesignated them with the exemption from the yellow zone requirement, and that is police code section 2405c82, which would prohibit -- >> [inaudible] supervisor mar: sorry. >> that is all right. again, i am asking that you please read designate those spaces but in i am grateful for you for hearing me right now. if you go with this and we can get the full board to approve it, that means that the street artist will use it and use it for christmas time, otherwise it would be terrible for them. supervisor mar: thank you. is there anyone from the public
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who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, can we move this forward with a positive recommendation without objection? ms. miller, is there any other business? >> there are no other matters. supervisor mar: meeting adjourned. thank you, everyone. >> i'm susan buckbinder. i'm the director of the h.i.v. research section and of the sore project. on behalf of the entire project and the entire team which is large, i want to welcome you all to our ground-breaking ceremony and just give you a little bit of background on the aids office itself and the
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reason for the soar project. the aids office is really a unique research institution. in addition to the care that's provided and the resources that are given to the community to care for, to prevent and care for people with h.i.v. infection, we really are the only health department that is leading the h.i.v. prevention and surveillance effort. the kind of research that we do is done primarily through universities, so we're in a unique position. we have three research organizations houses within the aids office. there is the h.i.v. epidemiology unit that is headed by dr. seussan sheer and willie mcfarland. they really are the premiere surveillance group for h.i.v. and aids in the country that train many other groups globally about how to track h.i.v. infections and h.i.v.-related disease, so that we can know how best to target
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our prevention efforts and our treatment efforts. so they have really done a huge service to the global h.i.v. aids community and also in addressing health disparities. the h.i.v. prevention unit is headed by dr. grant koufax. they also are really a ground-breaking research organization as well as providing prevention services and leading the presense efforts in the city. they have really spearheaded this effort at looking at how treatment can effect prevention, how if you get people tested and treated more globally, you can really drive down h.i.v. infection. and so through that, they have pioneered on viral load and h.i.v. testing, in treatment of substance use and a variety of other topics. and then i head the h.i.v. research section and we have a number of talented folks who
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work with me. we're test age number of different kind of prevention interventions including h.i.v. vaccines, preexposure prophylaxis which is using h.i.v. medication to prevent new infections, reaching out to the african-american community to understand what is driving the epidemic particularly in that community and using peer health navigation to connect them with services, combination prevention intersenses and so forth. in the last year, we have had a couple of major breakthroughs in both a new h.i.v. vaccine that seems to be providing partial protection and we are understanding how that is working and preventing new infections. the entire aids office has come together to work collaboratively to address the epidemic. now, we were challenged in that we are based in a health department and so we don't have the resources to build buildings and to renovate buildings because we're largely
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grant funded. one of our employees, janey vincent, saw a -- [applause] >> saw that there were federal stimulus funds that we could apply for to renovate our building. we needed to work together more collaboratively. teams were split up on different floors and there wasn't good meeting space to work cross teams. we needed more clinical space to see our study volunteers and we needed more community space to bring community into what we do. under barbara garcia's leadership, we came together and put in this grant and it's the first time that the federal government, n.i.h., has awarded this kind of money to a health department. they've only awarded this kind of research money to universities so it's really through the joint efforts under barbara's leadership that we've been able to move forward and
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it's really through the support of the city government through the mayor, through our supervisors, through the health commission, that we've moved this field forward so without further ado, i want to introduce the honorable mayor lee. [applause] mayor lee: thank you, everybody, for coming this morning, and dr. buchbinder and barbara and the commissioners, congratulations. these days it is so difficult to land federal grants, so matter where they're from and it only takes the dedication that you've identified, the people who worked on this very hard to put together a grant specific to modernize our aids research office and it's absolutely needed. i remember in the early 1980's where we joined three major cities of the country, this city and new york and los angeles, where the initial aids research got started and we are
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concentrated in our areas but we understood that this epidemic had to be studied further to make sure we were on the right track to discover not only breakthroughs but prevention ideas that would be directed at curtailing this epidemic. so you fast forward the 25, 30 years since that time, and we need more of that research done so i am glad this money was identified. it's going to be very helpful. the $9.5 million of aid from the national institute of health. this is almost miraculous. you don't see these grants very often to public agencies unless we are doing the absolutely necessary thing, and that is focused on improving and making sure we make great breakthroughs and we are going to be able to do that with this additional space. this money will go towards additional 8,000 square feet on top of renovating another 9,000.
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so it's a total focused on the 17,000 square feet of space that is in different floors of this building, making sure they're connected up and that we have additional physician space, counseling offices and examination rooms as well as research space. that's invaluable. i want to put on my d.p.w. hat for a moment, as well, because d.p.h. doesn't work if a vacuum. when they identify this, they work with everybody. i want to thank supervisor wiener for coming here today, too, because he knows how important it is for that collaboration to occur. so d.p.h. working in this facility -- and by the way, i need you to know that probably the last time i was standing here was having barbecue when it was a barbecue restaurant here and i was at the top floor, at rooftop hall, heading up the
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human rights commission and we were already working in concert with the aids office to prevent discrimination against people with aids and i recall those meetings because it was so important to make sure those people weren't discriminated against as they tried to survive and find help in this wonderful city that we have. public works, you're amazing, you working with our real estate department in finding ways to make sure we have the best approach to this and we are also working with our private contractors. i know turner construction is doing the construction management here, working closely with our bureau of architecture and engineering to make sure this is done on time, within budget. that's the mantra of using federal funds these days. you better be on time. better be on budget. and we also better make sure that when we do this, we reach out to our local vendors and make sure they're participating in this economic times,
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struggling. we have a 25% goal to do this correctly. so this renovation is important for all of those different levels but the most important thing is that we have more modern offices for our aids epidemic research. because i know, i know that in our lifetimes, barbara, we're going to find fantastic breakthroughs with your leadership, the leadership of the commission and the wonderful staff that you have that is focused on ending this epidemic and making sure people not only get the resources that they have but that they also know that this is the city of hope, that we're going to continue doing what is necessary to make sure that we end this epidemic and to provide cures for people around the world. it isn't just for san francisco any longer. we know the disease knows no boundaries so the discoveries that we will make here, the prevention ideas that will educate more and more people about safe practices, safe
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lifestyle, and the discoveries that we have in finding the appropriate drugs, will happen as a result of this effort here. and so i want to thank everybody for working together, and i want to thank mark primo, as well, and his private consulting capacity, that he's been able to take a look at the physical things that we can do to ensure that the research goes on, and i want to celebrate this day and get ready to knock down these walls and make sure that we provide the space that we have. thank you very much for being here. [applause] >> i'd next like to introduce supervisor scott wiener. supervisor wiener: thank you, thank you. i thank both of my constituents, dr. buchbinder and mayor lee.
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i have the honor of representing the castro, among other neighborhoods, and as you know the castro is arguably the hardest hit neighborhood in the country in terms of this epidemic so i feel a special responsibility to always thereby and make sure that our city does what it needs to do to beat this disease. and i know that our department of health has done such a tremendous job in terms of the services that it provides to our city, to our community, to make sure that people have access to prevention resources, to treatment resources, and i know they will always be there and this project will increase the effectiveness of our city government in terms of consolidating services, having people together and working collaboratively. so i'm really excited about that. also, in addition to all the great work that the office of
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aids and d.p.h. do in san francisco, it's a reminder to the world, the international leadership role this department plays in terms of fighting hiv/aids and i was reminded of this a few weeks ago when i was sponsoring a grant acceptance for the department for some international work and i got a call from a reporter about why are you sponsoring, you know, something relating to kazakhstan, and it was actually a great opportunity because we got to educate this reporter about what this department does and how this is an international epidemic and how people around the world look to san francisco for leadership and expertise in fighting hiv/aids and the reporter said to me afterwards, wow, i had no idea how much brilliance is in this department. so this is an exciting department and i want to congratulate everyone. thank you. [applause]
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>> thank you, supervisor wiener, for your ongoing support. i'm next going to introduce our director of public health, barbara garcia. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. i am so honored and i'm so proud of the department's staff. i get a lot of travel requests and it's to peru and mozambique and tanzania and at the bottom it says how much it costs and it's usually zero and those are the ones i like to sign but it really does. and i want to just acknowledge the d.p.h. aids office staff, please raise your hands, because you clearly -- [applause] >> some of you, in culmination of years, i know you have hundreds of years of experience here and i know that is so, so important and we've done some incredible work in san francisco and you've taken your work and your understanding of this disease to other parts of the world and it makes such a big difference for everyone in the
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world, particularly around ending this disease. you're doing aids planning and my job as the principal investigator is to help with space planning. this is a 100-year-old building and we were in all kinds of spaces and i want to acknowledge the staff that helped and figured out how to move people and how to construct behind them. mark primo and martine soto -- raise your hand, martine. he's been my negotiator whenever people are trying to figure out what the next space process is going to be. i also would like to recognize the department of public works. i believe we have representative. the real estate division, john updike. the 25 van ness real estate team, leslie, jerrold and john updike. one of the things that we're
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looking at is how to bring this to the 21st century in technology, where, also, we're going to have a large conference room. i believe it's going to fit about 150 people, and that will be able to bring community people in, but it's also going to be an advantageous one for us. we're talking about telemedicine so we can speak to other parts of the world in terms of our work. so the department of technology. do we have representatives? all right, great. and our own san francisco department of information technology unit, do we have our staff here? and turner construction. what could we do without a construction company. so -- [applause] again, i wanted to thank all our staff but also it's really important to acknowledge the role of our commission who continue to support our efforts, and this effort. i wanted to introduce steve
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cherney. >> i just want to take a second to congratulate everyone. i had the pleasure to work in this 100-year-old building for a while. the exciting thing about san francisco is when the c.d.s. and hearsa said we want to cut new hiv infections by 10%, san francisco said, no, 50%. when they said we'd like to get folks in line with undetectable environmental load, susan and the rest of the team said, no, that won't do, we need everybody in undetectable environmental load and they said if we do that, we can cut down on care dollars and we said, no, folks living with hiv in san francisco across each community will receive the highest quality care possible and that commitment is demonstrated again over and over again and the awarding of this grant and the mayor coming to tell us that he supports these efforts in the strongest possible way and will over the next administration is just news that's important for everybody
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in the community. so we're proud to be here and i can't wait to see who hits that wall with that hammer. and begins the good work. congratulations, everyone. [applause] >> i think, with that, we're going to begin our ground breaking and i think our mayor has the opportunity for the first swing. mayor lee: are we ready? ok! [applause]
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